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ESRAG presenters will facilitate has three exciting breakout sessions this year. Go along and support our presenters. The breakout sessions will take place during 27-31 May. This year’s breakout sessions are:
- Adopt a River (ESRAG and UNEP) by Salvador Rico: Monday, May 29 (1pm-2pm)
Adopt-A-River program, successfully piloted in District 9212 since 2020 is now available to Rotary Clubs around the World. Adopt-A-River is in partnership with UN Environment Programme and Rotary Clubs to help connect with their community leaders to protect and restore the rivers, lakes, watersheds and aquifers. Learn how through advocacy, environmental education, clean ups, restoration, citizen science action…
- Stop Plastic Pollution – Of Mothers, Children, Plastic and Waste by Karen Kendrick-Hands: Monday, May 29 (4pm-5pm)
From blocked drains to open fires, mismanaged plastic causes disease. A closer look reveals more devastating problems. Plastic additives leach into food and water, which are tied to fetal development issues, early-onset puberty, and reproductive disorders. Learn how reducing plastic reduces disease. See how to do it and lead your community to make an impactful change!
- A Plant-Rich Diet: Delicious Climate Action by Ambaree Majumder: Monday, May 29 (4pm-5pm)
Discover how eating a diet rich in plants has the potential to have a marked positive impact on the current climate crisis related to water, soils, extinction of plants and animals, consumption of natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions as well as human health. This solution-based session will be about this powerful and delicious but unexplored climate action that all of us can take to fight the climate change collectively…
Also Enjoy Plant Rich Diet in your menu at RICON Convention Center from local sourced products!
If you are arriving in Melbourne ahead of RICON, you will not want to miss this ESRAG Environment Action Summit on Thursday, 25 May. To be held in a central Melbourne location, this Summit will feature leading environmental keynote speakers and showcase a number of outstanding Rotary environmental projects. After this inspiring introduction, delegates will work in breakout groups to develop practical ideas for Rotary club and district environmental projects. These ideas for projects will then be collated and produced into environmental action guides and made available to Rotary clubs and districts worldwide. This will be the chance for you to share some of the innovative projects of your club and district and to also learn from speakers and other delegates.
After 4 years of hard-work, we will uncover ESRAG latest handbook: “How to organise Green Events”
Rotary clubs and districts have traditionally conducted in-person events, such as conferences, PETS and District Assemblies. The Covid pandemic compelled us to conduct these events virtually, but with the decline in number of cases of Covid worldwide, many clubs and districts are returning to in-person events. However, with the introduction of the Environment Area of Focus, we are all now more conscious of the environmental impacts of these events.
Following the success of the ESRAG & World Environment Day Handbook, developed in partnership with UNEP, ESRAG is finalising a second Handbook, giving Rotary clubs and districts guidelines and tools to help them reduce the environmental footprint of their events. This new handbook will be launched at RICON.
Following the inaugural and successful RAGTime in RICON 2022 in Houston, Texas, the DNA RAG is organising a second RAGTime in Melbourne on Thursday, 25 May in the Jardin Tan room at the glorious Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens. This is a unique opportunity, over canapés, to greet members of ESRAG and to meet, learn from and share ideas for joint projects with members of the other 26 Rotary Action Groups. You will also be able to have informal conversations with Rotary staff and our Rotary International leaders. If you are planning to arrive early to RICON, this is an event that you will not want to miss.
Melbourne is the first Rotary International Convention which includes a sustainability expert team supporting the Hosting Organizing Committee planning the convention.
ESRAG Board Member
ESRAG Oceania Chair
HOC Sustainability Director
Previous ESRAG Board Member
Discover our RI 1st Artificial Intelligence generated Rhapsody about our sustainable Melbourne convention!
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Melbourne’s a city that’s alive
With culture, parks, and events that thrive,
But did you know it’s also green,
Sustainability’s its dream!
Sustainable Melbourne, that’s the place to be
Rotary International Convention, you’ll see,
Sustainability’s at the heart of all we do,
Come to Melbourne, and join us too.
The Convention Centre’s a leader in sustainability
Award-winning and green, the environment is a top priority,
From Solar panels, recycling, to energy-efficient light,
This venue’s doing it right.
The public transport here’s the best
Trains, trams, bikes, buses and all the rest,
The tram system’s the largest in the world,
Mostly run on solar, as we are moving forward.
During the Convention, transport’s free
Trains, trams, and buses, you’ll see,
It has sustainable ways to get around,
Reducing your carbon footprint, that’s profound.
When you fly in from far and wide
To Melbourne, you’ll take a ride,
But don’t forget to offset your footprint too,
ESRAG Carbon Offset fund, is there for you.
There’s more to Melbourne’s sustainability
Like reducing waste and preserving its quality,
“Love Food Hate Waste” helps reduce food waste,
While DIK save donated goods at fast-paced.
Sustainability’s important in Melbourne’s natural scene
Protected areas, like the Yarra River, stay pristine,
Rotaract initiatives like our “River Clean-up” helps restore,
Nature’s beauty, that’s what Melbourne has in store.
The built environment’s important too
Melbourne’s got green buildings, we’ll tell you true,
Like your hotels, which are energy-efficient,
Reducing your impact, that’s how it gets vibrant.
Rotary International Convention’s the place to be
In Melbourne, sustainability you’ll see,
From the city to the Convention Centre and all in between,
Melbourne’s the destination that lead Rotary to be Green.
Melbourne’s the place to be
Join us at RICON and you’ll see,
Sustainability’s at the heart, Rotarians are keen,
Melbourne, that’s how we’ll keep you green.
The ESRAG Rotary International Convention (RICON) Working Group (WG) is on a mission to make Rotary events more sustainable and eco-friendly. We want to encourage Rotary Family members from all around the world to get involved in making our environment healthier and combating climate change. We need to walk the talk by reducing the adverse environmental impact of Rotary meetings. This article summarizes key insights from ESRAG’s eco-friendly contributions to the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne.
A celebration of 2022-23 Chair Dr. Pat Armstrong, whose vision, gumption, and love laid the foundation for an exponential growth in ESRAG’s capacity to help Rotary meet the world’s accelerating environmental crises.
Chair Yasar Atacik explains how ESRAG is working to expand its credibility and effectiveness in catalyzing environmental action throughout Rotary
Several ESRAG task forces, regional chapters, and project teams will have exhibits at the Rotary International Convention House of Friendship.
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Plant Rich Diet
EnROADS Climate Workshop
Rotary Climate Action Teams
Watersheds, Rivers, Oceans
Lunch out of Landfills
Global Footprint App
The six key themes for ESRAG to make a difference.
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