THE INVISIBLE CHOICES
Not all the efforts to reduce environmental impact are so clearly visible; there are some choices that need to be illustrated, as well as a number of activities whose impact will continue after the event. The current health crisis has altered the situation, requiring a number of changes to the choices made; other choices will be modified along the way.
A lot of work has already been done, but there is even more still to do, which will require the precise, direct effort of all those who will be playing a part, in any way, in this Sustainability Pilgrimage, which will not come to an end with their encounter with the Holy Father.
With the help of participants in their countries of origin, we are collecting data that we will then be processing with a view to identifying possible solutions to offset the emissions produced.
Our aim is to create a “Forest of Francesco” with plants to offset the emissions produced; the forest will continue to grow with plants linked to the subsequent editions.
Before considering how to offset emissions, however, we have to reduce them, and all sectors are constantly being analysed in depth.
An in-depth study has been conducted on the communication materials, so as to use those with the lowest impact.
Both electrical energy supplies and the management of energy flows have been carefully studied and designed to reduce environmental impact and increase the use of certified renewable energy sources.
It is important to point out that the City of Assisi has been studying flows for some time now, in order to prepare the most effective mobility solutions, taking account of the objective difficulties of a UNESCO World Heritage Site like the City of Assisi.
The Economy of Francesco, and its commitment to an Integral Economy, is not something that will come to an end, and in these pages, we’ll continue to offer updates on the integral economy practices that will gradually be implemented.
Our aim with these good practices is to make an impact and to convey the urgency of the message that there can be no future if we do not take care of our common home.
This starts with little everyday actions, with aware, informed choices that lead to a careful, critical consumption of resources and the promotion of a circular economy that values material and encourages its reuse.
No less important is the adoption of an ethical finance model that moves away from abuse and speculation and increasingly towards supporting the weakest, most vulnerable parts of society, as Saint Francis teaches us.
Starting out from the regulations developed by the Fra’ Sole project for the Sacred Convent, our aim is to develop a resource that can also be used for other events, not only ecclesiastical.
All these activities have been made possible first and foremost thanks to the choices made by the Committee, the good practices in terms of sustainability already applied in the City of Assisi and the surrounding area, and above all thanks to the involvement of Fra’ Sole and the practical efforts of the project partners.