As society moves swiftly through the first decade of the millennium, there is a growing consensus among the general population that we must think more sustainably. Humans are not above the natural order of planet Earth; instead, we are a very influential and frequently destructive piece of the puzzle. With more than 6.5 billion human residents on earth, projected at 9 billion by 2050, it is crucial that we begin to think about living in a different way. We must recognize finite resources, we must not tolerate exploitation of the environment or other humans, and we must believe that a healthy planet is one that will sustain human life for generations to come but not at the expense of biodiversity. The Athens Green Guide is designed as a tool for you to locate businesses, organizations and public services that are making an impact on the sustainability of the region and consequently the world. Not all locations are considered equally sustainable; some are more progressive than others. It is important to realize that every entity has room to grow and enhance its commitment to sustainability. As consumers and tax payers, you have the power to catalyze change. By supporting businesses, organizations and services that demonstrate sustainable practices, you are sending a message that it is a marketable trait to be socially and environmentally conscious. Please print it and pass it on to a friend or a total stranger!
This is the first edition of the Athens Green Guide, and it is an evolving project– input is welcome. Please feel free to direct questions, comments, and any desire
to assist in future projects to Sam Pepple.