ECONOMY and ECOLOGY are both derived etymologically from the Greek oikos, home; a bond so close that it compels one to take responsibility toward the common home, not as masters, but as responsible stewards.
Just as it is true that no event can have a zero impact, it is also true that, with certain organizational choices, it is possible to significantly reduce the impact of the event by managing the resources in a rational manner, also countering the prevailing culture of waste.
In drafting the event’s Care of Creation Project, reference was made to the SEVEN LAUDATO SI GOALS defined by the platform endorsed by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, of which The Economy of Francesco is a member of the Steering Board.
The Committee’s organizational choices toward Integral Ecology are important, but they will not bear fruit without everyone’s contribution: each participant is called upon to do his or her part with some decisive behavior.
ACTIONS FOR THE CARE OF CREATION
EoF’s Care of Creation Project aims primarily to become aware of the impact generated by the different activities. In order to do this, once the perimeter has been limited to the activities in the Seraphic City, using scientific methodologies (ISO standards), the tons of the equivalent CO2 produced are computed.
Even before this – the MERC approach (Measure, Avoid, Reduce, Compensate) – the committee made choices that avoided the emission of several tons of CO2.
Although it is not possible to counteract all the emissions, the Committee decided to become aware of the entire impact generated, by working to reduce it with sustainable actions that will also be a sign for the area hosting the event. At the same time, the Report of the Impact on Creation, which will be produced after the event, can become a useful tool for anyone who needs to organize a church event in the future.
The constant changes of scenario caused by the pandemic, forced the Committee to modify its programs and actions. Thanks to the support of various economic sectors who have decided to support The Economy of Francesco, the following are the Actions for the Care of Creation that we have planned: