How can we as Rotarians help to protect our Environment?

This was the discussion we had at the Environmental Sustainability breakout session at the District Forum on Saturday when we started to share ideas.

As individuals we are all doing what we feel we can to address the issue of single use plastic and the need to maximise recycling and minimise land fill.  But what can we do as Rotarians.   These are some of the ideas we discussed but we need more, lots more ideas so please contribute by adding a comment on this post or contact us with ideas.


  • Appoint someone to take a lead on environmental sustainability.
  • Can we make our events more sustainable by better recycling?  Mixed re-cycling mostly goes to create aggregate so separation is better.
  • Sell reusable cups at our events.
  • Tree planting projects.


  • Inner Wheel who serve coffees for us at the District Forum are keen to work with us to eliminate the use of plastic cups at the forum.  Some of those used on Saturday were biodegradable, but they are happy to fill your own re-useable coffee cup, and yes they will fill it so you may get more coffee for your £1.  So please bring your reusable cups to the next District Forum.

RIBI Rotary Young Environmentalist 

This new competition introduced by RIBI encourages young people to explore, investigate, research and undertake an environmental sustainability project on the theme of “Waste Minimisation”.  Our speaker from Somerset Waste Partnership suggested that there is room for improvement in schools when it comes to waste management, so maybe this Rotary competition can help?

Click here to download an information pack and a poster.


ESRAG – Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group 

This Rotary Action Group is currently encouraging us to take part in World Environment Day on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment.     

Visit the ESRAG web site to find our more about this and Rotary projects worldwide which are making a difference, and to download an Environment Day Handbook for Rotary Clubs. (love the Rotarians for Bees project in Australia)

If your club is involved in projects or activity to help protect our environment, or you would like to share some ideas and maybe work with other clubs, please let me know and I will share them on Circa 1200.

Penny Underwood
District 1200 – Environmental Sustainability Officer

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