Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives the 2019 ECOS Environmental Award (Vid)

WASHINGTON – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, received the 2019 ECOS® Award for exceptional leadership in environmental protection on August 2 at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. It was presented to His All Holiness by Earth Friendly Products President and CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, and Manatos & Manatos President, Mike Manatos.

The Ecumenical Patriarch received this prestigious award in honor of his lifetime of environmental advocacy and global influence on environmental protection. His life’s work to protect the environment earned him the title “Green Patriarch” from the then-Vice President of the United States and fellow world leader in the environmental movement, Al Gore. In 2008, Time Magazine named Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew one of its 100 Most Influential People in the World for “defining environmentalism as a spiritual responsibility.” He famously said that “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin.”

Mike Manatos said, “We are honored and humbled that this pioneer in environmental protection through faith has received the ECOS Award. We are excited to also announce the establishment of the ‘Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Environmental Scholarship’ — a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by ECOS® and Manatos & Manatos, that will be given each year to a student from his childhood home of Imroz, Turkey, who writes the best essay on the importance of protecting the environment.”

Vlahakis-Hanks said, “His All-Holiness is truly one of the greatest environmental advocates in the world today, with a tremendous influence that is building greater awareness of the urgent environmental crises we face and clarifying our moral obligation to create real change for our planet.”

Earth Friendly Products®, the maker of ECOS® environmentally friendly cleaning products, established the annual ECOS® Environmental Award to recognize world leaders who are creating powerful impacts to protecting our environment and the health of the earth’s citizens. This is the third year that the award has been given; previous recipients include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and California U.S. Senator and candidate for President of the United States Kamala Harris.


  1. “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” – Lady MacBeth (and others with guilty conscience)

    This is only the third year that this “prestigious” award has been given out by this family-owned (Surprise:Greek!) cleaning products company.

    Previous Recipients:

    2018: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California

    2017: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    1. In 2006, Mike Manatos was appointed in by Patriarch Bartholomew to “Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.”

      Thanks, Michalis! Good job!

    2. It’s so prestigious , it comes with a $1,000 scholarship and a Starbuck’s Gift Card. Wow ! Impressive.

      Who got the Hellenic Pizza Parlors Man of Year Award this year? Bart or Elpi?

      Or was it Mike Gianakos- Menendez ?

      I don’t know how Manatos can do this with a straight face. Seems like a SNL comedy skit.

  2. On a related Environmental note:

    On August 8, 2019: Without explanation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refused to sign a a joint statement – related to environmental issues-with the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.

    1. Union of Orthodox Journalists reported today:

      The declared environmental issues were only a way to divert attention from the true motives of Fener.

      For Ukrainian President Zelensky to sign any agreement meant that he would in fact, sign for Poroshenko’s actions and takes all the burden of these obligations and abuses.

      Zelensky did not follow this path so Patriarch Bartholomew had to pretend he was not claiming anything.

      The only thing Zelensky said publicly after this meeting with Fener is that he would protect the independent Churches, i.e. he does not intend to intervene in these squabbles.

      In this situation there was nothing else for Bartholomew but to pretend that he also takes such a neutral restrained position.

      Instead of the monasteries (that would have been taken by from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church) and cathedrals and UOC-KP parishes outside of Ukraine that Fener was promised by loser-Poroshenko in exchange for the Thermos, Fener got Ukrainian chocolates – which he foolishly gave away perhaps banking on a Golden Ticket’s worth of a lifetime supply of chocolate.

      Sorry, Your All-Holiness, Poroshenko is no Willy Wonka.

    2. Transcript of the last moments of the meeting:

      Ecumenical Patriarch: “President Zelensky?”

      Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky: “ I am extraordinarily busy, sir.”

      EP: “I just wanted to ask about the chocolate, the lifetime supply of chocolate that Poroshenko promised me and the…errrr…Church properties? When do I get them?”

      Z: “You don’t.”

      EP: “Why not?”

      Z: “Because you broke the rules.”

      EP: “What rules? My All-Holiness didn’t see any rules, did I?”

      Z: [angrily] “Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by you, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if – and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy – “I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained,” et cetera, et cetera… “Fax mentis, incendium gloria cultum,” et cetera, et cetera… Memo bis punitor delicatum! It’s all there! Black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks!”

      [Editorial note: It is unclear here what “fizzy lifting drinks” means, perhaps it is a Ukrainian metaphor for canonical jurisdiction]

      “You bumped into the ceiling, which now must be washed and sterilized!”

      [Editorial note: Perhaps the “bumped ceiling” is a Ukrainian metaphor for the bloody jurisdictional mess that EP and Poroshenko has left for Z. to clean up.]

      “ So you get… NOTHING!!! You lose! GOOD DAY, SIR!” [Z. returns to work]

  3. Loan,,,, is not the Manatos and Manatos, also another bunch of white supremacist cult followers of the “Glory to America and Israel” of Greek Secret Societies the Ahepa Masons and Halc who were hosted by the State department to thank them and Bart, for assisting in the take over of Greece and Cyprus!

    Are these the same people who act like the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany..who identified enemies of the state, and define what ..a “Good American” is now!

    You know., where the government could do no wrong, and the policies of a sociopathic murderers , like Hitler , are unquestioned and demand patriotic obedience!

    Aren’t they with TNH, Endy Zemenides and these Greek secret society of Masons…the endorser of not only Bart, but the ‘Greatest Hellene in Greek History, Ahepan Mason Robert Menendez, who is the number 1 compensated pay to play Senator in the world by the notorious Jewish Pro Israeli lobby to represent the interests of BiBi Netanyahue!

    Menendez. was indicted for accepting hundreds of thousands in what he called Gifts provided from his “Best Friend” a Nice Jewish Doctor, which was embezzled From Medicare to the tune of 8 million dollars , and is spending the next 20 years in a Federal prison!

    However, Bart, Menendez, Pelosi , TNH, Zemenides, Manatos and Mistotakis.have a lot in common..they all supported Neo Nazi Porchenko, genocide of the Middle East and starving the people of Venezuela and Iran for the Glory of America..

  4. It is a misconception, and one that is not challenged nearly enough, that the Patriarch of Constantinople is THE spiritual leader of all Orthodox. He is not. Just ask any of the heads of the autocephalous churches (with perhaps one or two exceptions) and the other patriarchs. That notion is absolutely foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology and evidence of the synchronistic thinking that has overtaken the EP and its dependencies.

  5. Just in

    It has been rumored that the Patriarch of Constantinople may be a frontrunner for the 2019 Flaming Cheese Award sponsored by the Public Relations Society of Hellenic-America for his untiring efforts to generate public excitement in the press for himself – akin to that “Ooo!” and “Aaaah!” kind of response when the saganaki comes to table.

    Guess who is purported runner-up?

    1. Sorry, the Flaming Cheese Award is open only to Despotas, Archons, and other pre$tigiou$ proponent$ of Helleni$m.

    2. But Vlad is the richest man in the world. He has a piece of every government contract and every commercial deal. Open source docs have him at $ 200 billion. The Greeks are amateurs compared to his scams and corruption, to include his chaplains, the Moscovites.

  6. Spiro, I’ve just read your comment and you’ve fallen hook,line, and sinker for the anti-Russian propaganda of the American media. The media is the same herein the U.K. …..μια φαζα, μια ραζα.
    It is distressing to read all the racist propaganda coming out of the U.S. Putin’s $200 billion! Come on! Are you that gullible? You say ‘open source’….I would say non-substantiated lies and propaganda. I’ve just returned from my yearly trip to Moscow visiting the shrines and monasteries which are packed with believers. Contrary to want you read President Putin is still very popular and deeply Orthodox. When he visited the Holy Land recently he did his μετανια at the spot where Christ was crucified………meanwhile Trump and Obama donned their yamoulkas and went to the wailing wall! I suggest you visit Russia. You may change your mind or perceptions. By the way, our illustrious Bart, the Patriarch , is fully controlled by the U.S. State Department which enjoys meddling in the affairs of world wide Orthodoxy. The U.S. ambassador to Greece (ex-American to Ukraine) has been to visit Batholomew twice as well as Joe Biden. U.S. ambassador for religious freedom has been to see Bartholomew two times no less to warn him about those nasty Russkies. He’s traveled to Romania, Bulgaria, and Georgia to garner support for Bartholomew’s dangerous folly in Ukraine. What business does the U.S. have in meddling in the religious affairs of another country? American sheeple need to wake up!

    1. My comment after ‘Joe Biden’ should read ‘U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom Brownback has been to see Bartholomew………’

    2. Sure, hombre, and Joe Stalin studied to be an Orthodox priest on his way to murdering 20+million ( open source). Maybe they’ll make Putin a Bishop?

      Putin is so popular, his security people won’t let him fly in a helo because it’s too easy to bring down with RPGs. ( open source)

      Putin is so popular, no one is allowed to run against him. The last potential opponent ended up in jail. The one before that ended up dead. (Open source).

      Putin is so ethical, he just totally covered up a major nuclear mishap like Chernobyl this week, trying to make nuclear hypersonic missiles (open source).

      Putin is so Orthodox, he let his thugs shoot down a Ukrainian airliner (open source)
      I could go on and on… your editorials for Larry King RTV, Niko, we’re not stupid.

      Bart is Bart , but you guys are THE WORST and everyone who can read knows it.

      Lastly, you’re a raging anti-semite. Make sure you mention that to your FSB agent spiritual fathers (open source) in your treks to your Russkie monasteries.

  7. Spiro, your ignorance and anti-Russian propaganda is appalling. I say again, ‘You’ve fallen hook, line, and sinker for American propaganda’. And when all arguments and logic fail, bring on anti-Semiticism. Είναι ντροπή.

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