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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How to build a better city

How to build a better city

Cities generate around 60% of greenhouse gases but only occupy 2% of the land surface of the planet.

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.



“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 Seminar: WASH Rotary Action Group
Speaker: K. Neil Van Dine
Topic: WASH Rotary Action Group links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Clean Energy Transition
Speaker: Dr. Fatih Birol and Pat Merryweather-Arges
Topic: Clean Energy Transition: The Climate Landscape and Momentum of Clean Energy
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ESRAG Seminar: Increasing Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity
Speaker: Tom Goreau
Topic: Increasing coastal ecosystem biodiversity, carbon storage, and ecosystem services with low voltage electrical fields.
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Oceania Workshop
Speaker: Dr Pat Armstrong and Clare Caulfield
Topic: Integrating the environment and climate into club planning
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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ESRAG Seminar: How AI is helping prevent fires
Speaker: Dave Rice
Topic: How AI is helping prevent fires and promote sustainability
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ESRAG Seminar: Trash ‘N’ Fashion Show Costa Rica
Speaker: Joshua Fabricio Céspedes Campos
Topic: Sustainable fashion with recycled garments, which raises awareness about the importance of preserving the environment
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Plastic Cafe
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Oceania Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Dr Libby Skeels
Topic: Psychology for a safe climate - dealing with climate anxiety
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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