Frequently Asked Questions

 

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How to set up an environmental committee ?

Here are templates you can use for forming a District or Club Committee for Supporting the Environment to help you get started.

 

DISTRICT COMMITTEE FOR SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT

CLUB COMMITTEE FOR SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Isn't climate change really a political issue ?

The temperature of the earth, sea and atmosphere is rising, and many scientists project this will continue unless greenhouse gasses (in particular carbon dioxide and methane) are reduced.  Associated with increasing temperature are predicted sea level rise, storm activities and bushfires. Changing human activities that generate greenhouse gases is recommended to reduce temperature rises; and most countries have signed the Paris Accord to this effect.

However, changing the way our society has provided power; transported goods; manufactured products; or grown food; etc., is difficult and quite challenging. To be effective, change is required by governments, business and individuals.  Unfortunately, in the cut and thrust of politics there has been disagreement about what should be done and how quickly changes should or could be made.  The acrimony of the debate has resulted in people asking: 

Isn’t Climate Change really a political issue ?

For Rotary with its new area of focus: Supporting the Environment; climate change is only one area deserving our attention.  Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they shouldn’t wait to act.  However, there may be members of your Club who believe Climate Change policy is politically driven and resist environmental activities within your club.

Their opposition to climate change urgency should not stop your club tackling other environmental problems.  These could be local, in a wider region, or overseas.  They could be small or large.  Start with a small project such as Colour your World, picking up plastic waste, reducing food waste, collect for DIK – there are lots of ideas on the ANZPI site.  Many activities like reducing food waste, providing solar energy to schools in developing nations and planting trees to promote healthy soils have the co-benefits of reversing global warming. So solutions to Climate Change don’t all involve action from Governments and are things clubs and individuals can do to improve the wellbeing of their local community and the wider world.

Find a project to Support the Environment that your club members can do.  Tackle the problem the way you always do: come up with beneficial projects, use your skills and connections to effect change, and plan future activities.  Most importantly get started.

What is environmental sustainability ?

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Why your club should be interested in the new area of focus ?

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Things you could do in your area to impact your environment

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How to make my club more sustainable ?

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