17th June 2019

Towards a people’s movement for the care of our common home, with special reference to the Youth

The increasingly degrading state of our common home is a cause of serious concern as it raises an unprecedented challenge to the future of human civilization and life on Earth. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (released on 8 October 2018), for example, clearly states that humanity has as few as 12 years to ensure that global average temperature does not cross the critical threshold of 1.5°C which could lead to catastrophic consequences.
The coming years are crucial. We are the last generation that could and needs to act in order to avoid the crossing of crucial tipping points and avoid irreversible damages to our common home, the abode of humanity and the rest of God’s creatures. The urgency of the situation calls for immediate, holistic and unified responses at all levels, local, regional, national and international. We need, above all, a peoples’ movement, an alliance of all people of good will, for the care of our common home.
We believe that this transformation will be led by young people. The Don Bosco Green Alliance, faithful to the Salesian charism that places the concerns and protagonism of young people at the centre of its mission, has a unique and indispensable contribution to make in this regard. The Alliance holds the promise of catalysing, mobilising a vast movement of young people for the care of our common home.

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8th April - 2019

How climate change can lead to violence and conflict?

The scientific world agrees on the fact that violent conflicts can be influenced by environmental events like droughts or flooding. However, there are many debates about the question as to what extent violent conflicts and climate change are related. Some scholars claim, that climate can cause conflicts and that peace can only be lastingly connected with sustainable forms of living, while others limit climate´s influence to an additional aspect which may contribute to conflicts. These different assumptions also lead to controversial proposals for national and international politics. In a first part, the state of the current debate will be presented in our webinar. We will use a concrete case study to explain the diverse interpretations of climate´s influence on violent conflicts. In a next step we will point out the different conclusions resulting from each interpretation for the concrete conflict and national and international politics. In the end, we try to draw the connection to Don Bosco Green Alliance, and will come up with some thesis, resulting from the presented theories, which could enrich the work of Don Bosco Green Alliance.

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