INDIA: More than 3,500 saplings planted
Environmental event part of 14th National Boscoree
(MissionNewswire) Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an environmental activist and forestry worker known as the Forest Man of India, joined 3,000 Salesian scouts and guides on New Year’s Day. They planted 3,500 saplings on the Assam Don Bosco University Tapesia campus, located in Guwahati, Assam, India. Payeng has planted and tended the Molai forest located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, which encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres.
The tree planting event was part of the 14th National Boscoree, a quadrennial gathering of scouts and guides from Salesian institutions all over India. The event brings together troops to “experience adventure, service and to celebrate unity in diversity in an atmosphere of learning, loving and with the spirit of comradeship with one goal in mind — to be the agent of a better India.”
The six-day program focused on the theme “Save Our Planet Home.” It provided an opportunity for youth to learn about creating a green and clean environment, as well as how to spread environmental messages.
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. Since that time, the organization has grown to 586 registered members from 86 countries. Membership is open to all Salesian institutions and organizations worldwide.
Don Bosco Green Alliance is focused on combating pollution, reducing global warming and eliminating disposable plastics. In each of these areas, it aims to partner with ongoing global campaigns promoted by U.N Environment or other international organizations.
Members of the Don Bosco Green Alliance have also undertaken such initiatives as environmental education to increase green areas and tree planting, the reduction of the use of non-degradable materials, promotion of organic agriculture and home gardens, preservation and conservation of water, and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
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