Sustainable Living

Living sustainably within the planetary boundaries.


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.


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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.

Clean Cooking

To create awareness of, and to promote practical solutions for the need
to urgently transition to Clean Cooking.

Food Waste

Become a food steward.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save resources, save food.

Plant Rich Diet

The Plant-Rich Diet Task Force exists to educate Rotarians and the general public
on the benefits of Plant-Rich Diets to…

Renewable Energy

To encourage, educate and offer support for those involved in renewable energy projects worldwide.



“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.


Featured Events

ESRAG Project Seminar
Speaker: Ralph Rosemans and Steve Andrews
Topic: "Update on conservation in the Cape Floral Kingdom" and "A Naturalist's life and his new book entitled, "The Magic of Butterflies and Moths""
February 8th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Project Seminar
Speaker: Gertrude Noden
Topic: The Problem with Plastics: From Plastics to Playground
February 15th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Project Seminar
Speaker: Rajendrakumar Saraf
Topic: UPCYCLING workshop to preserve and conserve resources with the aim and objective to develop capacity and leadership qualities in Indian students for sustainable living.
February 22nd 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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