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)

there is no such button!there is no such button!Ecoclub is an eco travel professional network and portal established in 1999. We aim for an ecological, democratic and socially just tourism! Fully supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we work for a tourism that leads to a better world, with freedom and justice, without borders, class divisions, violence, exploitation and oppression, that respects human rights and animal rights. Examples and good practices of this better & happier world already exist and new ones pop-up every day, so we try to promote and propagate them. 

ecosunThe Four Ecoclub Criteria are: 

1. Minimise your Environmental Impact.
2. Respect Human Rights, Labour Rights and Animal Rights
3. Meet Real Local Needs and help Eliminate Poverty & Injustice. 
4. Increase Knowledge & Intercultural Understanding.
 
Our four criteria broadly correspond to Epicurus' pleasantly-prudently-honourably-justly and the four pillars of the green movement (ecological sustainability, grassroots participatory/economic democracy, social justice, peace and non-violence.)
 

ecosunThe ongoing quadruple crisis (environmental, socio-economic, humanitarian-refugee, Coronavirus pandemic) is of no recent historical precedent in terms of endangering our presence, let alone our well-being, on this planet. While technological and medical progress has allowed the human population to grow, despite hundreds of treaties and fanfare, progress is agonisingly slow in terms of reducing poverty and increasing conservation, social justice and human rights. The essence of the problem is the equitable and efficient production and distribution of decision-making, money, energy and resources. It goes all the way back to the dawn of the Anthropocene, to the first agricultural societies where accumulation, surplus, debt, money, markets and human-made pollution first emerged and have since been inextricably linked to the basis of human civilization. Despite all sorts of simplistic theories, the truth is that there are no quick fixes that would not involve mass starvation, mass violence and wars. It is not realistic for 7.5 billion people to retreat back to the countryside, the forests and to a nomadic-mode of survival, nor should they, in the first place, as cities can be the most eco-friendly environments, saving space and resources. However, the prevailing globalised, socioeconomic system can be peacefully, gradually and radically transformed if key changes are introduced, in particular changes in how money, energy and food are produced, distributed and stored, and in the light of the Coronavirus crisis, how quality health and education can be accessible for all and how work is defined, organised, conducted and remunerated. For these changes to occur we need on the one hand progressive, open-minded governments and on the other active citizens that help each other. Not everything that counts can be quantified and accurately measured, and vice versa, but, we believe that tourism professionals and businesses, should do their part by fully meeting quality green standards.

Sustainability, Democracy, Social Justice, Freedom and International Cooperation can help us move forward in the 21st century. We need synthesis and practical solutions rather than endlessly stating the problems, ignoring the problems or proposing impractical or violent paths. A steady, peaceful path towards change can only be ecological, voluntary and gradual and be based on scientific facts and technological progress. 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 ecological trends, currents and movements. We believe these include Sustainable Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure that can create quality, meaningful & pleasant jobs where no other options exist and, as importantly, in opening hearts and minds, in greater mobility between nations and within societies, in re-distributing wealth peacefully, effectively and more equitably between and within countries without further harming the planet. We do not advocate less travel or more expensive travel for the privileged few. On the contrary, we consider Mobility, Leisure, Travel and Tourism as human rights and thus advocate a sustainable, democratic travel for all!

We have no time to waste, yet this will probably be an Ultramarathon. The transition to a fully-civilised, peaceful, global socio-economic system and the full humanization of humanity (if it is ever to arrive - it could be that some cosmic accident or human-induced blunder puts an abrupt end) could take another 10,000 years (since the first agrarian societies emerged) or even another 4 million years (since Australopithecus afarensis walked upright!). However, 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...". The simple truth is that, apart from inertia, nothing really 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. Ecoclub, as a latter-day, virtual Garden of Epicurus, aims to unite progressive and open-minded citizens of the world who share the above ideas and are active or would like to become active in Ecotourism/Sustainable Tourism or related sectors. Ecoclub is also a genuine example of the sharing economy. We share resources, information, knowledge, ideas, opportunities and we also share the costs of maintaining Ecoclub through very reasonable fees for green tourism businesses that want to be promoted. 

ecosunOur Logo: The colour (teal) 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 = tranquillity) with the will to assist others, solve real problems, "to get up again and start over", 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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