On 16 February, Mantova will switch off the lights to call on everybody to take action to save the planet
On 16 February, for the Italian National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles, the EuCityCalc pilot city of Mantova, together with many other Italian cities, will turn off the lights of their public buildings to raise awareness about energy saving and sustainable lifestyles.
Everybody, both citizens and local authorities, are invited to join this 20th edition!
M’illumino di Meno has been promoted by Rai Radio2 with its popular drive-time afternoon show Caterpillar since 2005. The first edition took place on 16 February 2005, when the Kyoto Protocol came into force. That’s when Caterpillar got the idea of asking Rai Radio2 listeners to turn off the lights as a statement of environmental concern.
Year after year, M’illumino di Meno inspired Rai Radio2 listeners to take action to promote a more sustainable lifestyle: practising circular economy, favoring clean mobility, switching to renewables, supporting reforestation.
In 2022, the Italian Parliament recognized 16 February as the National Day of Energy Saving and Sustainable Lifestyles.
Schools and universities, museums and theatres, companies, associations, public authorities: you may turn off the lights on your buildings, organize a meeting on sustainability, a recycling workshop or a tree-planting happening, hold an acoustic concert, a zero-impact show, a collective walk or bike ride to raise awareness about planet safeguarding.
On the 16th, let’s turn off the lights all together!