Environment and Sustainability 2023 - 2024

Chair 2023 - 24 Barb Sheehan - Highton - email barb.sheehan@rotary9780.org 
Committee: David Sanders - Wendouree Breakfast, David Sykes - Geelong East, Rhonda Anchen - Torquay, Tony Davies - Warrnambool Central, John Stafford - Naracoorte
This Committee encourages Rotary Clubs to promote awareness amongst Rotarians, to foster concern for the global environment and sustainable development. Sustainable development projects promote economic and social progress that alleviates poverty and preserves the environment for future generations. Rotary International projects of this nature support agencies of the United Nations, governments, and community organizations having similar aims of creating a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
Supporting the environment has become Rotary's 7th area of Focus.  Areas of Focus are categories of service activities supported by global grants, and global communities.  It joins Rotary's original 6 Areas of Focus, which are
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict PreventionDisease Prevention and TreatmentWater, Sanitation, and HygieneMaternal and Child HealthBasic Education and Literacy;  Community Economic Development.
We encourage every Club in D9780 to have an Environment Champion who will inspire their members to get involved in Environmental projects.  Barb and her District team can help you with guest speakers, assistance with setting up an environment committee in your club, tips for applying for an EnviroClub Award, plus ideas for environment projects that will get you started and engage your members.
We have a strong Environmental focus, and are working to protect and support our local environment.    You will find links to many resources in the left hand column,  that will be helpful in finding ways to support and sustain our environment. If you are looking for ways to support the environment in your own community here are some ideas to get you started.
Rotary International has allocated more than $18 million in grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact, and with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.
Back in 1990-91, then RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the a  Preserve Planet Earth Committee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives. Rotary has finally caught up to his vision says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus. Ian Riseley, a member of Sandringham Rotary in Melbourne says “As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” 
So are we!!  Please connect with us if you would like to know more about our projects, join in volunteering with us, or would just like to know more about Rotary.