Posted by Gregory Michel
We viewed a recorded presentation from Christopher Stein, a Rotarian from Iowa and head of the National Heritage Area and Large Landscape Initiatives for the National Park Service.  Chris explained how pollination is essential for the reproduction of the world's plants, and is in decline. He is encouraging Rotary Clubs to get involved in pollination work to improve the environment. Improving the environment is the newest area of focus for Rotary International.
Pollinators are responsible for the reproductive success of more than 85% of the world’s plants.  Unfortunately, since the 1970’s, pollinators have declined by more than 45% worldwide.  One third of every bite we eat comes plants needing pollinators. The Monarch butterflies are the best known pollinators.  They migrate in the fall a to a particular mountaintop in Mexico.  Through the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRG),  Rotarians and others can get involvedStein posed the question:  What can a Rotary Club do to join the effort?  He offered this website to get started: