by Laurie Zuckerman, ESRAG Communications Chair

Concerned about the Environment?  Depending on your country, most polls show those concerns are increasing.  Rotary is no exception as evidenced by the addition of the Environment to our areas of focus, grants supporting the environment, and articles in our different Rotary magazines.

ESRAG, has and continues to reflect humanity’s global desire to take action to protect our planet. Our membership leaped from a few hundred to over a thousand with the announcement of Rotary’s environment area of focus.  

Furthermore, our numbers consider to grow, despite normal attrition due to deaths and changing circumstances.  In fact, we average 38 or more new members every month depending on how you slice and dice the data. That’s more than one member each day!  

Why is ESRAG membership important to your desire to protect and save our planet?

  • Together, we have the power to make big changes for both the environment and the human systems that can cause many of the problems.  “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb
  • ESRAG empowers members of the Rotary Family worldwide to take actions to sustain our environment, particularly to stabilize our climate. 
  • ESRAG provides an organizing point and resources to share information with clubs and communities about sustainable practices to mitigate the global humanitarian crisis of climate change.
  • We identify and help develop environmental leaders within the Rotary world, people like you. Together, we initiate environmental service projects and share your work.
  • We need each other to help expand Rotary’s ability to respond to and prevent global environmental crises. 
  • I’ve heard Rotary International leadership refer to ESRAG as Rotary’s fastest growing action group. That kind of recognition makes it possible for us to make bigger changes in both the local and international Rotary communities.

Imagine seeing one or more new members coming into your inbox every day from people around the world who are working to save our planet. That’s what I see. That’s why I know that I am right where I’m supposed to be – working for ESRAG and people like YOU!