Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley announced on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.  Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.  “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern.  It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said.

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