Throughout Italy, the “M’illumino di meno 2024” initiative will be carried out, turning off the lights of historical monuments on the occasion of the National Day for Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles. 

In Assisi the Sacro Convento, the Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the Rocca Maggiore and the Town Hall join the challenge. 

Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, February 16, symbolic Italian monuments will be switched off. This will be not only a sign of energy saving awareness, but also an appeal for peace in the world.

Giulio Cesareo, OFMConv, Director of the Communications Office, said: “Our simple and spontaneous participation in the ‘M’illumino di meno‘ initiative is intended to be, as in previous years, an expression of our collaboration with all those who in various ways remind us of the importance of caring for our Common Home, the Earth, whose ‘global health’ is severely endangered precisely by us—by humanity.”

He also added: “As we try to make our contribution, in the name of St. Francis of Assisi, we want to invite everyone, always with simplicity, each within the limits of their possibilities, to try to reduce energy consumption and to find their own way to favor a more sustainable and just life on Earth for all.”

The “M’illumino di meno 2024” project is an initiative of the “Caterpillar” radio program on Rai Radio 2.