Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
PERUGIA

Conference embraces Umbria as laboratory for sustainability

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Perugia, September 10 - Umbria, best known as
Italy's "green heart" has become a laboratory for
environmentally sustainable practises, says regional councillor
Fabrizio Bracco.
Efforts that are being made to protect and nurture the
richly diverse culture and environment of the region can be
models for others to follow, said Bracco as he opened a recent
conference in the historic mountainside town of Assisi.
"Umbria has become a laboratory of eco-sustainability,
identifying innovative paths for a different relationship with
nature and to build a friendly environment for future
generations, a harmonious community within the harmony of
creation," said Bracco, councillor for culture and tourism for
the regional government of Umbria.
He was representing the regional council and president
Catiuscia Marini at the conference: "Safeguarding Creation for a
Sustainable Future" which builds on the goals and values of St.
Francis of Assisi, who cared deeply for the environment and all
living creatures.
In a statement, Bracco noted that Umbria has a deeply
spiritual tradition that dates back about 800 years, to the time
when St. Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan order in the
region.
That spirituality must be converted into concrete action,
while retaining the spirit of humility and reconciliation that
was part of the teachings of St. Francis, said Bracco.
Those values can be applied practically through
environmentally sound and sustainable choices and actions, he
said.
The region itself works hard at being environmentally
sustainable in such sectors as water, renewable energy and
dealing with waste, he added.
The conference on preserving nature and creation is part of
a month of church-led activities in Umbria that organizers said
would include a pilgrimage walk on the Path of St. Francis.
This three-day journey traces the route from Assisi via
Valfabbrica to Gubbio, through woods, hills and small villages,
which was first set by St. Francis at the dawn of the 13th
century when he renounced his father's wealth and began his path
to sainthood.
The pilgrimage path exposes visitors to a taste of Umbria,
which boasts a rich natural beauty, as well as unspoiled
historic hilltop towns with many treasures.
Some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance art and
architecture is found in its frescos, painted by master artists
inspired by the geographic beauty of the region, as well as its
mystical heart.
Assisi itself has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in part of its remarkable art history.
The region is also known for some of Italy's finest olive
oil, truffles, wine and other food products.
It has also become well known for efforts to protect the
environment and reduce the carbon footprint of its residents.
Green energy is a growing business in the region, with
businesses based in Umbria making inroads in national and
international markets.

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