THEME

Sustainable Living

Living sustainably within the planetary boundaries.

WHAT IS IT?

Sustainable Living at ESRAG

How does sustainable living benefit humanity?

Nature has a finite capacity to regenerate itself in the face of pressures on its land, water and air resources. Human communities have been using resources and living beyond nature’s capacity to absorb the greenhouse gasses and other pollution resulting from our lifestyles and economic endeavors. Adjustments to the way in which we interact with nature are urgently needed to restore the environmental conditions essential to providing the food we need and the conditions in which our economies can thrive. Those conditions include clean air, sufficient supplies of safe water, ambient temperatures compatible with human life, and resilient infrastructure. ESRAG connects you to the rigorous research that regions, nations, and communities are using to see which factors we can modify to be able to live within the limits of our planetary home to sustain our lives.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

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ESRAG’s Podcasts

ESRAG’s Podcasts

Welcome to the ESRAG Podcast, your go-to source for all things related to the Environment and Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG). Join us as we explore innovative solutions, inspiring stories, and actionable insights from Rotarians and experts dedicated to...

Take Action on Sustainable Living

Rotarians have wonderful networks as trusted leaders in business, research, and civic engagement at every level of society, from local communities to multinational organizations. We also work well across every possible divide by applying the ethics of the Four-Way Test. You can use these strengths to inform and equip stakeholders by using tools like the En-Roads Climate Simulator and the Global Footprint Network’s Ecological Footprint Tracker. Rotary Clubs, Districts, and ESRAG Regional Chapters are also spearheading effective solutions to reduce the strain of human activity through initiatives like the Plant-Rich Diet, Solvatten solar water heater, electric charging stations, and cleaner cookstoves.

Habitat Solar

Address energy povery for Habitat for Humanity, low income, home owners.

I Fix the Planet

A video contest showcase of Rotary environment projects.

Million Solar Panels

Fighting climate change one solar panel at a time.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING IMPACT

Resources

“Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a
difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our
own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living
things around us, especially each other.”
– Jane Goodall

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s goals for sustainable development must lead the world in a new sustainable direction. From an unsustainable direction of travel with climate change, extreme weather, plastic in the oceans, and a drastically reduced biodiversity. The 17 goals, with 169 sub-goals, span economic, social, and ecological sustainability. The goal is to create a fairer, more equal, and safer planet where future generations can also live a good life.

Planetary Boundaries

Healthy and viable ecosystems are dependent on stable conditions in our earth systems, more known as the Planetary Boundaries. There are 9 vital and interacting environmental processes that life is dependent on.

The preconditions for creating social and economic welfare is a nature in balance. That is not the case today. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, dispersal of toxic substances and overexploitation of resources threatens life on earth. More extreme weather and declining biodiversity lead to reduced access to clean water and food, more spread of diseases, inhibited economic development, destabilization and conflicts. Economic, social and environmental are deeply interdependent and interacting with each other.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Featured Events

Oceania Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Josie Jones OAM
Topic: Marine debris, litter and working with local government for change.
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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ESRAG Seminar: Farm to Family Rotary Project
Speaker: Eileen Hotho and Earl Knauss
Topic: Serendipity: transforming ugly veggies into a beautiful free food distribution program
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Plastic Cafe
Speaker: Nina van Toulon
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Annual General Meeting 2024
Topic: ESRAG Annual General Meeting 2024
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Climate Messaging
Speaker: Andrew Eyerly and Rob Sisson
Topic: How to approach and communicate about the topic of climate and sustainability from different political perspectives.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Net -Zero Community Evolution
Speaker: Brian Braginton-Smith
Topic: Striving to prevent a global catastrophy.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: The Million Solar Panel Challenge
Speaker: Elizabeth Henke
Topic: This ambitious campaign empowers Rotarians worldwide to take direct action against climate change one solar panel at a time. By encouraging the installation of solar panels, this initiative helps reduce energy costs and cuts CO2 emissions.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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