THE ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO EVENT:

CARE FOR CREATION AND ENERGY TRANSITION

Organising a complex event, necessarily cause for some choices which are often motivated by reasons exclusively economic. Events always have effects on the environment. And we, on our part (as organisers) have taken precaution to help mitigate those effects before asking participants for virtuous conduct.

To promote this work, the Organising Committee of The Economy of Francesco has chosen to spotlight the experience of Sisifo srl Società Benefit, which has organised and coordinated precisely in Assisi the Project Fra’ Sole , entrusting it with the responsibility of implementing some actions aimed at realising a sustainable event from either an environmental perspective, or from socioeconomic point of view.

Inspired by that gift to humanity which is the encyclical Laudato si’, and reinforced by Fratelli Tutti which Pope Francis himself appended his signature to in Assisi, we wish that The Economy of Francesco may become a sign of Pilgrimage of Integral Ecology, which with right conduct may contribute in combatting the current climate crisis.

From the time before the COVID-19 pandemic, while we were waiting in Assisi for thousands of young people, from all over the world invited by Pope Francis to dialogue on the actual role of the economy and finance, we found ourselves reflecting on three aspects that characterize sustainability, environmental, social, and economic. 

Etymologically, the words ECONOMY and ECOLOGY both derive from the Greek oikos which means “home”; a connexion so close as to engage us to assume responsibility for the care of our common home, not as lords, but as responsible custodians.

If it is true as it is, that there is no event without any impact, it is true to say that, with some organizational choices, it is possible to substantially reduce the impact of the event, with reasonable management of resources, even amid the predominant culture of waste.

Organizational choices – in the various aspects which among them are complementary: environmental, social, and economic – are important, but each participant will be called upon to do their part with certain decisive actions.

THE CHOICES OF THE ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO

After two years of waiting, where the pandemic has prevented us from realising the in-person event, we can now proceed to the meeting that awaits us in Assisi, drawing from both the materials which were already at our disposal and the systematic planning of the event animated by the principles of Integral Ecology.

Thanks to our partner Novamont a cotton backpack has been provided together with some useful tools like personalized flask. In this way we wish to drastically reduce the use of disposable materials, the abuse of plastic and to optimize the use of water. In like manner, the decision is reached not to utilise disposable cutlery, providing reusable and foldable cutlery. A biodegradable Mater-Bi pen makes complete the kit for a sustainable pilgrimage.

In addition to the immediacy and visibility of the pilgrim’s kit, there are other accompanying and important choices of sustainability which, even if they are less visible, may contribute significantly to the reduction of the environmental impact of the event, as well as its numerous organizational aspects:

  • Common transportation with low emission 
  • catering with products from organisations working on properties confiscated by the state from criminal networks
  • breaks will be furnished with organic and sustainable products in disposable material which are biodegradable and compostable 
  • water supply through inhouse water system
  • Set-up will be done with reusable and low-impact materials

The Care for Creation of The Economy of Francesco will not be limited to the preparation and running of the event: following a final report that will give an account of the index impact of the event with special attention to the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, we are studying a system of compensation which may consist of creating a renewable and solidarity energy community,   on the model of the Lucensis Project.

This initiative seeks to give the sense of commitment in favour of the care of the common home that does not end with the event, but also continues on: in these pages we shall continue to give updates on good practices of integral ecology which will run until it is fully done.

Through these good practices we wish to be a sign which conveys the urgent message that there can’t be any future without the care of our common home.

Care that begins with little daily actions, from conscious choices leading to responsible and prudent use of resources, to the promotion of a circular economic system that places value on material and favours its reuse.

Of no less importance is the adoption of an ethical model of finance, away from abuse and speculation, and close to and supportive of the weakest and most impoverished social groups, as the spirit of St. Francis teaches.

All these activities were made possible by the choices of the Committee, and by the support of the partners for the sustainable event.