By Claudia Urbano, Service & Engagement staff at Rotary International
Every community around the world is experiencing the impact of environmental changes. And while much of the world has renewed priorities on environmental action in recent years, we still have so much work to do. The United Nations Environment Programme details today’s triple planetary crisis: climate change, nature, and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. Our vast network of members and resources is available to anybody looking to tackle environmental issues. Here are five ways you can take action to protect our planet:
1. Partner with another club – Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact
Start or expand an environmental initiative in partnership with a fellow club. Browse Rotary Showcase to get inspiration from club projects around the Rotary world or to find project partners. Here are a couple of examples:
- In India, a Rotaract and Rotary club collaboration project cleaned up offerings around the Purna River and turned organic materials like foods and flowers into fertilizer. The clubs collected 10 tons of biodegradable offerings over nine days and donated the fertilizer to local farmers.
- In Mexico, members of the Rotary Club of Zacoalco de Torres (Mexico) partnered with the Rotary Club of New Braunfels (USA) and local school children and volunteers to plant thousands of native trees in an effort to prevent soil erosion. They also helped complete a new public park.
2. Partner with an environmentally-focused Rotary Action Group
Expand your environmental efforts with support from one of the numerous Rotary Action Groups working to protect the planet. Rotary Action Groups offer their knowledge and passion to help clubs and districts plan and carry out impactful service projects in their area of expertise. Request assistance from or explore a partnership with one of Rotary’s Action Groups dedicated to protecting the environment – like the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group and the Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species.
3. Build your global community through an environmentally focused Rotary Fellowship
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion, profession, or identity – many of which prioritize environmental initiatives. Make friends around the world while exchanging strategies and activities to protect nature through one of Rotary’s environmentally-focused fellowships:
- The International Fellowship of Composting unites those who would like to learn, share knowledge, and provide advice on the use of organic waste through composting to soil restoration.
- The Rotary Fellowship of Urban Gardening provides communities with fresh food, constructs green spaces, recycles waste and strengthens cities to combat climate change.
- The Rotary Fellowship of Wildlifers for Conservation creates awareness about and advocates for the importance of wildlife.
- The International Bee Rotary Fellowship helps preserve bees, important plant pollinators and honey producers. It also raises awareness and shares strategies on how to mitigate environmental pollution, which adversely impacts millions of bees annually.
Many hobby-oriented Fellowships also prioritize environmental initiatives so that they can continue to enjoy their outdoor passions like camping, fishing, rowing, skiing, or hiking.
4. Donate to The Rotary Foundation or apply for a grant for an environmental project
You can make a donation to specifically support environmental projects around the world or request funding assistance for an eligible project.
5. Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps to prioritize local environmental projects
A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a group of non-Rotary members who share our commitment to changing the world through service projects. RCC members partner with Rotary clubs to plan and carry out projects in their communities. By elevating the knowledge, voices, and talents of local people with deep awareness about local environmental priorities, we can co-design sustainable projects with long-term community support to advance environmental priorities.
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