Vatican – Eco-tourism – Protection of Water

The Vatican – Eco-tourism – Protection of Water = Safeguarding our common future…!

It’s good to see the Vatican getting involved in some of the sustainable environmental issues of the day, we need all the help we can get.

Vatican - eco-tourism - protection of water

Vatican – eco-tourism – protection of water

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The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has issued the following statement ahead of 2013 World Tourism Day.

On September 27, we will celebrate World Tourism Day, following the theme suggested for this year by the World Tourism Organization:

‘Eco-Tourism and water: protecting our common future’.

This is in line with the ‘International Year of Cooperation for Water’, that was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In the tourism sector, water is of crucial importance, an asset and a resource.

It is an asset because people feel naturally drawn to it, and there are millions of tourists seeking to enjoy this natural element during their days off, by choosing as their holiday destination some ecosystems where water is the most specific element (wetlands, beaches, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, islands, glaciers or snowfields, just to name a few), or trying to grasp its many benefits (especially in seaside resorts or spas).

Vatican - eco-tourism - protection of water

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At the same time, water is also a resource for the tourism industry and it is essential, among other things, to hotels, restaurants and leisure activities.

Looking at the future, tourism will be a real benefit if it will be able to manage these resources according to the criteria of the ‘green economy’, an economy whose environmental impact is kept within acceptable limits. We are invited, therefore, to promote ecotourism, environmentally friendly and sustainable, that can surely promote the creation of new jobs, support the local economy and reduce poverty.

Concern for the environment is an important topic for Pope Francis, who has already made many references to it.

In the very mass of the inauguration of his Petrine ministry he invited us to be ‘stewards of creation, of God’s plan written in nature, the guardians of the environment; let us not allow, he said, ‘that signs of destruction and death accompany our journey in this world’, recalling that ‘everything is entrusted to the custody of man, and it is everyone’s responsibility’.

“Water speaks of life, purification, regeneration and transcendence.”

More at… Vatican calls for eco-tourism, protection of water – Independent Catholic News

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