PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - A Plettenberg Bay eco-warrior has won a prestigious environmental award during a glamorous ceremony at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 5 June.
Founder of Eco Atlas, Rhian Berning, walked away with the Eco-Angel award during the eighth annual Eco-Logic Awards for her contribution to saving the environment.
Established by Enviropaedia in 2011, the Eco-Logic Awards identify individuals, organisations and communities who positively contribute towards a sustainable world.
Each year, organisers invite individuals and organisations to submit their "eco"-logical products, services, projects or initiatives in 13 environmental categories to participate.
Berning said she is very grateful to have been awarded the Eco-Angel. "Being a so-called greenie is usually something you are teased or jibed about because it's seen as getting in the way of development and the growth economy," Berning said.
"I've often sat under a tree pondering why the work of teachers, artists, nurses, gardeners and environmentalists, the carers of the world, is not really valued in our modern economy. The tables are turning as we realise we cannot eat money, and the nurturing of our connections with each other and our living planet is far more important and that's what's going to get us out of this fine mess we find ourselves in."
She also thanked those who made the awards possible, including Enviropaedia, for valuing the positive change makers, the grassroots innovators, the carers, the nurturers and the eco-warriors.
Berning's Eco Atlas is an "ethical platform" that provides a search function enabling the user to find places to eat, shop, stay and play according to priorities that are important to "responsible travellers and conscious consumers".
These include hotels that recycle, restaurants serving ethical food, or activities that empower the local community.
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