From better bulbs to more trees, Italy’s Assisi takes on climate change

November 5, 2017
By Alex Whiting

ASSISI, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The small medieval Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi, birthplace of Francis, Catholic patron saint of ecologists, is embarking on a quiet revolution.

Mayor Stefania Proietti, an energy expert, plans to cut carbon emissions 40 percent between now and 2030, and hopes the “city on the hill” will inspire others to change too.

Assisi draws about 6 million visitors each year, including Nobel Peace Prize winners, rock stars, Popes and presidents.