August 20, 2012

Going on vacation must not be an occasion to relax one’s commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, the Vatican said.

Tourism can have “a serious environmental impact owing, among other factors, to the immoderate consumption of energy resources” and an increase in waste, said a message from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

The message was written for the observance Sept. 27 of World Tourism Day.