INDIA: ‘Grow Bosco’ initiative to plant 100,000 trees
Goals of project are to reduce carbon footprint, create healthy environment
(MissionNewswire) The new initiative “Grow Bosco” was launched in early March in the Salesian St. Joseph Province in Hyderabad, India. “Grow Bosco” was started by Father Ángel Fernandez Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Fr. Artime, general councilors and children planted trees at the Salesian Provincial House in Hyderabad.
The objective of the campaign is to increase green cover by planting trees. The initiative will engage youth, women’s groups and communities, motivating them to create a green future for themselves.
In the initial phase, “Grow Bosco” seeks to plant 10,000 trees over the next several years. Women’s groups will be engaged to plant fruit trees to use the yield as income for their families.
Father Noel Maddichetty is spearheading the project in collaboration with Bosco Seva Kendra, the development office of Salesian Province of Hyderabad. It will create awareness and promote themes from Pope Francis Laudato Si’ to increase action on the values of integral ecology.
One Salesian said, “With an ambitious target of 100,000 trees, this project hopes to create a sustainable future, reduce the carbon footprint and create a healthy environment.”
Salesians in India have been at the forefront of environmental education and activities. Don Bosco Green Alliance, an international collective of youth from Salesian institutions and organizations that contribute to global environmental action, thought and policy, was launched in April 2018 in India. Membership is open to all Salesian institutions and organizations worldwide.
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