It is impossible to live pleasantly without living prudently and honourably and justly, and it is impossible to live prudently and honourably and justly without living pleasantly
Epicurus (341-270 BCE)

Declaration of Principles:

ecosunECOCLUB - International Ecotourism Club was established in 1999 with the aim of supporting the philosophy & practice of genuine Ecotourism/Ecological Tourism, a Tourism informed and inspired by Ecology as a sciencepolitical philosophy and daily practice. We also wanted to increase understanding and cooperation between tourism practitioners and the broader green & progressive movement, to bring about "Ecology through & within Tourism".

ecosunThe ECOCLUB Ecotourism Criteria - We endorse Tourism businesses that:

1. Minimise their Environmental Impact.
2. Respect Human Rights, Labour Rights and Animal Rights. 
3. Meet Real Local Needs and Help Eliminate Poverty.
4. Increase Knowledge & Intercultural Understanding.
 

ecosunThe current global environmental and socioeconomic crisis (aka Global Warming/Climate Change), according to overwhelming scientific consensus, is unprecedented in terms of us humans endangering our own survival on this planet. Despite technological and medical progress, which has allowed the global population to expand greatly, personal freedoms, social justice and environmental protection are still lagging. For Humanity to survive, let alone to progress further, we need, on the one hand, to constantly identify and oppose ecocidal aspects and actors of the global system, and on the other hand, to recognise and encourage emerging peaceful, progressive aspects, currents and movements wherever they may occur.

Learning from the 20th century's experiments and mistakes and realising that business-as-usual will destroy our planet, in the 21st century, we have to move beyond know-it-all recipes, binary thinking and polarisation and aim for a system which is as ecological, sustainable, rational, social, liberal, inclusive, participatory and equitable as possible. An equally important thing today is to resist the regressive easy-fixes offered by the enemies of open societies: racism and fascism. We need to encourage and co-develop peaceful, voluntary, intelligent, rational and diverse paths to human progress. These include Ecological Tourism (Genuine Ecotourism), which has a unique, pivotal and multifaceted role to play in creating quality, meaningful jobs, opening hearts and minds, in greater mobility between nations and within societies and in contributing towards a more equitable re-distribution of wealth between and within countries without further harming the planet.

We have no time to waste, yet this may turn out to be an Ultramarathon. The full humanization of humanity (if it is ever to arrive - it could be that some cosmic or human-induced 'accident' puts an abrupt end or that this is/was as good as it gets) could take another 10,000 years (since the first settlements based on agrarian surpluses emerged) or even another 4 million years (since Australopithecus afarensis walked upright!) but we should remember (Lao-Tzu) that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and (Cavafis) that "when you set out for Ithaca ask that your way be long...". In the end, nothing, apart from inertia, prevents us from helping each other today and every day, from "living prudently and honourably and justly" and thus "living pleasantly", today and every day. This is exactly what ECOCLUB is trying to do, as a latter-day, virtual Epicurean garden: to unite and support open-minded people who share the above ideas and are or would like to become active in Ecotourism - join us today!

ecosunOur Logo: The colour (teal) combines green and blue, key colours of the earth and is one of a few colours named after an animal (a duck, the common teal, whose eyes are surrounded by this colour). The smiling sun symbolizes a pragmatic, positive, non-violent, non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, philosophical attitude to life which combines the Epicurean "LATHE VIOSAS" ("ΛΑΘΕ ΒΙΩΣΑΣ" = get through life without drawing unwarranted attention) and "ATARAXIA" (ΑΤΑΡΑΞΙΑ = tranquility) with the will to assist others, solve real problems, rise up every day, in a peaceful, daily revolution in all our individual and collective dealings; it also symbolizes solar power - renewable energy in literal and figurative terms and light - the light of science, enlightenment. 

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Ancient Greek Writing Tablet, Red figure Kylix by Eucharides, 480 BCE (U. of Pennsylvania Museum)

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