PRIP Ian Riseley - Supporting the Environment July 15 5:30 Zoom

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PRIP Ian Riseley is from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. As Rotary International President-elect, Riseley made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

"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,” PRIP Ian Riseley.

RIPE Ian Riseley, Evanstan, Il, Facebook June 26,2020

"The Trustees and Directors have unanimously accepted our recommendation to create a 7th Area of Focus of our Rotary Foundation, being the Environment. As Chair of the Task Force that put together and argued for this decision, I'm enormously proud today.

This photo is of the 4 Trustees, 1 Director and 1 Rotaractor who comprised the Task Force plus the outstanding and dedicated staff who assisted us in arriving at our recommendation. We still have lots of work to do, including finalizing the Area of Focus statement and getting the fundraising going to support the grant applications that are sure to come flooding in after 1st July 2021."

Rotary shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the environment.*

We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

Eligible projects cover an array of fields:

• Protecting and restoring land, coastal, marine, and freshwater resources

• Enhancing the capacity of communities and local governments to support natural resource management and conservation

• Supporting agroecology and sustainable agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture practices to improve ecological health

• Addressing the causes of climate change and climate disruption and supporting solutions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases 

• Strengthening the resilience of ecosystems and communities affected by climate change and climate disruption 

• Supporting education to promote behaviors that protect the environment

• Advocating for the sustainable consumption of products and the environmentally sound management of byproducts to build a more resource-efficient economy 

• Addressing environmental justice issues and environmental public health concerns

* Source:  Rotary / Our Causes / Protecting the Environment

Rotary International Areas of Focus Policy Statements - see pages 18-21 for Supporting the Environment.