Vatican: Don’t take a vacation from protecting the environment
Tourism can have “a serious environmental impact owing, among other factors, to the immoderate consumption of energy resources” and an increase in pollution and waste, said a message from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.
The message, released Wednesday by the Vatican, was written in preparation for the observance Sept. 27 of World Tourism Day, an event promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and supported by the Vatican.
The theme for the day is “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.”
While acknowledging that people are becoming more aware of their responsibility to care for the earth, the message said it is also true that people risk setting aside their ecological sensitivities while on vacation “in a search for certain comforts to which we believe we are entitled, without always reflecting on their consequences.”
“It is necessary to cultivate the ethics of responsibility and prudence and to ask ourselves about the impact and consequences of our actions,” the message said. [more]