By Pat Armstrong, ESRAG Chair

If you are attending the Rotary International Convention (RICON) 2023 in Melbourne, Australia, 27-31 May, don’t miss the many environmental activities taking place in the week prior to the Convention and during the convention itself. You can follow all the events on the ESRAG at RICON website.

Two outstanding keynoters and a rich array of specialised talks will add to your toolkit for environmental action.

The pre-RICON events include:
• RAGTime – celebrate the impact of Rotary Action Groups and meet with Rotary International Leaders, including a number of past and future RI Presidents (Thursday 25 May, 7 pm to 9 pm AEDT) Register here.
• ESRAG Environment Actions Summit – great environmental speakers and workshops (Thursday 25 May, 12 noon to 5 pm AEDT). Register here.
• Pre-RICON tours – visit environmental projects around Melbourne to learn about these tours. Press for information.
The RICON events include, with details on the website.
• RICON Breakout Sessions – support our ESRAG presenters on rivers, plastics, plant rich diets (check out the dates on the RICON website)
• RICON ESRAG House of Friendship Booth – volunteers needed to promote ESRAG. Sign up here.
• ESRAG Gathering – meet with fellow ESRAG volunteers and Board Directors. Bring your own lunch (Saturday 27 May, 12.30 pm -1.30 pm AEDT)
• ESRAG Dinner at a popular Melbourne Restaurant (Sunday 28 May, starting at 7 pm AEDT) Press for information.

Volunteering at the House of Friendship gives you the chance to talk with fascinating visitors from all over the world. Seen here, Past RI President Ian Riseley greets ESRAG leaders including 2022-23 Chair Pat Armstrong at the ESRAG exhibit last year in Houston

Special ESRAG RICON resources:
ESRAG Flight Carbon Estimator – compensate your carbon emissions from flights to and from Melbourne. Donations fund Rotary Global Grants projects that reduce or sequester carbon.
• Green Events Handbook – a new handbook will be released at RICON with tips and tools to reduce the environmental impact of your club and district events