It is wonderful to see that Rotary has established the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG). Karen Hand, the Communications Director of ESRAG states it perfectly:
“Any project in any area of focus will benefit from having environmental sustainability as one of its watchwords. It’s a lot harder to supply clean water to people if your watershed is compromised— if your river is full of industrial, human, and animal waste. Basic education and literacy is a challenge when kids are sick because the school well is contaminated. Health is affected when insects carrying diseases expand their geographic range due to changing climate patterns. Water wars and climate refugees will make achieving peace and conflict resolution more complicated. Economic development is slowed when there’s not adequate energy. Rotary would do a huge service to the world if it moved every water project from a diesel pump to wind or solar. That’s a project that’s scalable.”
“Climate change could destroy the livelihoods of millions of people and create much greater migratory pressures than we see today,” says Francesco Menonna, Rotary scholar.
Locally, in San Luis Obispo County, many of our Rotary Clubs have already adopted various projects to help our environment: The Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast is focusing on the Monarch butterfly’s habitat preservation and creation as well as various beach and creek clean up parties; Rotarians built the community garden at Meadow Park as a joint project with the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak, and Rotaract SLO; and The Grover Beach Rotary Club set up recycling stations at local events, etc.
Want to read more about how Rotarians across the world are already fighting climate change right now? Click on the following link