Thursday, July 7, 2016

Vatican 2016 - EUROPA Think Green

ISSUE DATE: 10 May 2016
CIRCULATION: 360 000 each
STAMP SIZE: 30.5 x 41 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Doxia Sergidou

The theme of this year’s Europa stamp series is “Ecology in Europe Think Green”. Among the various proposals presented, the design by Cypriot artist Doxia Sergidou won the competition. The design presents two opposing visions to an ideal city: one part painted in shades of grey referring to the use of fossil fuels to produce energy needed for development; the other side in shades of green showing trees and birds flying as a way to underscore the certain benefits that ecological choices, symbolized by the wind turbines, can have on the environments where we live. There is a human hand which appears to draw the scene, serving as a way to show that change is within our reach today. 

This theme is very important to Pope Francis who in his homilies and his second encyclical, “Laudato sì”, speaks of the care of what he calls our “common home”, noting its importance with a personal appeal: “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all”. In particular, Pope Francis wished to recognize, encourage and thank “all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest.” The postage stamp issue celebrating this theme consists of a miniature sheet of six values of .95 euro cents featuring the original stamp design, while the side margins show some stylized elements from it. Also featured in the layout is an artistically rendered detail of the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica.