Rotary is uniquely placed to empower local communities around the world
to implement Climate Solutions that help reverse global warming.
If one Rotary International President could inspire millions
of trees to be planted, imagine the opportunities that await.
WHAT IS IT?
Climate at ESRAG
How do Climate Solutions benefit humanity?
The impacts of climate change threaten human civilization and planetary health, but it is not too late to act. Many of the measures to limit global warming to 1.5º C will also protect human health, enhance food security, reduce a major driver of mass migration, and ensure the availability of safe water. In short: climate action protects all of Rotary’s other humanitarian investments. Climate solutions make communities more resilient to catastrophic storms, forest loss, drought, heat, and sea-level rise.
This workshop provides an open source model that can be used to understand the impacts of varied Climate Policy decisions/actions.
Drawdown is the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere stop climbing and start to…
Its purpose is to educate and inspire Rotarians around the world to take action for the environment.
Living Within Our Planetary Means
Our planet’s capacity to sustain human life is in dire danger, but every Rotarian can help save us. Read how Rotarians draw on their knowledge, compassion, and networks to help humankind return to living within our planetary means.
Own and Promote the Positive!
By Malc Rooney, Coordinator, ESRAG Regional Chapter Chairs Over the past year I have become increasingly aware that there is much being done in response to Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability that is positive. I think that Rotary International in general...
Saving Forests to Save Ourselves
Rotarians are joining Indigenous communities and other local farmers in the quest to save biodiversity to save our future. This month, ESRAG showcases projects protecting rainforests and bees.
Take Action for Climate
Rotary’s global distributed network of community leaders
can implement solutions to slow the worst of the impacts.
ESRAG is here to help with solutions.
ESRAG has a Climate
Task Force supporting
Flight Carbon Estimator
Compensate for the carbon impact of your air travel by estimating your carbon emissions
Become a food steward. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save
resources, save food.
Reversing Global Warming by preventing powerful Green House Gases from escaping into the atmosphere. What is it?…
To encourage, educate and offer support for those involved in renewable energy projects worldwide.
The Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) Network offers Rotary clubs a resources: 1) foster Action Teams; 2) educate Rotarians about the crisis; …
Rotary’s vision, mission, and seven areas of focus
strongly support our individual and collective
work to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.
Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action. They’re tackling the problem the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy — and planning for the future.” – ROTARY.ORG
Learn more about Rotary and Climate
- Rotary and The Environment
- How Rotarians are already tackling Climate Change
- Rotary and Climate Advocacy
- Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley and Juliet Riseley Interviewed about the New Area of Focus
Resources on climate change and practical solutions
Project Drawdown, with which ESRAG has an MOU, offers a curated menu of available climate solutions with metrics as to relative effectiveness and cost. ESRAG has Taskforces to help you implement many of the Drawdown solutions.
Rotary Climate Action Network, offers an array of excellent recorded talks to share with your Club, practical advice on forming a climate action team, and actions you can take on the climate crisis.
Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-partisan group founded by a Rotarian, equips people to engage their elected officials in support of pricing carbon pollution, one of the most effective ways to bring down carbon emissions.
Global Footprint App, helps you calculate your impact on carbon emissions and planetary systems. It offers country-specific data which nations are starting to use to analyze their consumption and make changes that will restore us to living within our planetary means.
EnRoads, developed by MIT scientists, simulates the interaction of various combinations of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This simulator is a wonderful way to engage your community in exploring and choosing solutions.
Many universities maintain comprehensive science-informed information centers about climate. Examples include Yale’s Climate Connections, & University Madison, Wisconsin’s Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.
Explore what your local university has to offer.
Understand your audience so that you can speak persuasively about climate change.
Learn how to prevent spiraling, irreversible, climate feedback loops caused by forest loss, wildfires, melting ice, and thawing tundra that will intensify and accelerate the climate crisis.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the UN Agency that supports all efforts to protect the environment worldwide. https://www.unep.org ESRAG and UNEP co-authored the World Environment Day Handbook of project inspirations, in English and in Spanish.
UNFCCC, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change manages the development of national plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep warming to 1.5ºC, manages the scientific work of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) which informs mitigation and adaptation strategies, and hosts the annual Climate talks in which Rotary now participates.
Measure and track the sustainability and impact of your long-term climate solutions through project reporting using ESRAG’s iRotree App.
Together we can help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.
Rotary’s vision, mission, and seven areas of focus strongly support our individual and collective work to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts. For example, educating girls is both a top climate solution and essential to Rotary’s focus on Basic Education and Literacy. Giving women and families access to family planning aligns with Rotary’s focus on Child and Maternal Health. Providing clean energy like wind and solar to low-income and developing communities improves health and economic development by making it possible to purify water, cook, refrigerate food and vaccines, study, communicate, and provide basic medical care. Farming practices like silvo-pasture, restorative agriculture, intercropping, and managed grazing not only pull pollution out of the air, but also create rich soil that is more resilient in extreme weather. Eating a plant-rich diet improves our health while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
Learn more about: Climate Science
- NASA Climate Science
- NASA Climate Change The Facts
- UNFCC – What is the Paris Agreement
- COP26- Glasgow Climate Change Conference
- The IPCC-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Understanding Climate Change (Australian resources)
- Katherine Hayhoe – Climate Scientist/Communicator
- Urban Heat Islands and Climate Resiliency
Speaker: Salvador Rico
Topic: A discussion about the Adopt a River and UNEP Rotary Program
March 29th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Speaker: Fiona Thompson
Topic: trends in sustainable packaging, plus new regulations for UK and Europe
March 29th 2023 at 7:30 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Speaker: Pat Armstrong/Deniz Vural
Topic: See how our RICON 2023 is practicing sustainability!
April 5th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Projects surrounding climate.