Bulletin 19/07/2021

We had visits from Eldo in Queensland and Peter Simons, now in Tasmania. Lynne Jones attended and thanked us all for helping them out.
 
Last night we watched a couple of videos from RI explaining the Foundation's move into adopting the Environment as the 7th area of focus. 
 
After the videos, Brian McCabe (Foundation Director) led a discussion on a possible environmental project to do with propagating flowers to help bees do better in Portland. Lots of ideas were put forward regarding possible partners, involving students & possibly making bee motels ( not hives) to assist pollinating insects. Good to see interest from many members for this project.
 
More information on Rotarians for bees are available on their website https://rotariansforbees.org/about-us/.
 
 
 

Rotary scholars and peace fellows put expertise into helping the environment

 
 
 
 
 
 

Will climate change bring more poverty? Will we be able to stop its worst effects? Former Rotary scholars and peace fellows who studied environmental issues offer their thoughts. They discuss the struggles they face working to combat climate change, and what solutions give them hope.  

Francesco Menonna, senior power and renewables analyst

“Climate change could destroy the livelihoods of millions of people and create much greater migratory pressures than we see today,” says Francesco Menonna, Rotary scholar.

Menonna graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., in 2014. He works as a senior power and renewables analyst at Fitch Solutions in New York City, where he focuses on electricity markets and renewable energy in emerging and developed economies. 

Q: What do you struggle with most as a professional working to combat climate change?

A: I inform businesses and investors about the opportunities that clean energy creates. My biggest challenge is the lack of urgency many people feel in relation to climate change, since they are often removed from its most negative effects.

Q: What potential solutions give you hope?

A: There is an exciting trend of innovation and technological advancement in the field of clean energy, especially in how we store electricity and how we make our electricity systems more efficient and intelligent. This is fostering advancements in the electrification of transportation, which will be key in reducing the impact of cars on climate change. The spread of clean energy and electric mobility is going to accelerate over the coming decades, and this makes me hopeful about the future.

Sahar Mansoor, founder, CEO of zero-waste personal care and home products company

“I am a climate optimist, but it’s up to us to act fast— to stop burning fossil fuels right now and start transitioning to clean energy,” says Sahar Mansoor. Rotary Scholar.

Mansoor, who earned a master’s in environmental policy from the University of Cambridge in England in 2014, worked as a researcher at the World Health Organization in Geneva and as a policy analyst for the Selco Foundation, which focuses on sustainable energy solutions. She is the founder and CEO of Bare Necessities, an enterprise that produces and sells zero-waste personal-care and home products. 

A: What do you struggle with most as a professional working to combat climate change?

Q: We live in such a politically divided world. Having worked at WHO during the Ebola outbreak, I witnessed the power of unity when countries get together to meet a goal. Unfortunately, there is no strong consensus on environmental issues, which stalls meaningful action to combat climate change. 

A: Do you believe humankind will be able to stop climate change?

Q: Based on the best scientific evidence available to date, we have less than 12 years to mobilize a complete conversion from fossil fuels to green energy, or we risk dangerously destabilizing Earth’s climate.

Alejandra Rueda-Zarate, founder of strategic thinking initiative 

“My biggest fear is that climate change will bring more poverty into the world,” says Alejandra Rueda-Zarate, Rotary Peace Fellow

Rueda-Zarate studied energy and resources as a 2008-10 peace fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She founded a strategic thinking initiative in Colombia called NES Naturaleza (NES stands for nature, energy, and society). Its goal is to balance environmental, social, and economic forces by working with farmers to improve sustainable practices in agribusiness. 

Q: What do you struggle with most as a professional working to combat climate change?

A: I work with small-, medium-, and large-scale farmers in Latin America and encourage them to embrace sustainable agriculture. One of the biggest issues I face is persuading farmers to switch from traditional practices to more responsible ones. However, once they become aware of the risks and future challenges, many are willing to switch. 

Q: Do you believe humankind will be able to stop climate change?

A: I don’t think we can stop it, but I believe we can mitigate it and adapt to it by using better practices. 

Q: What potential solutions give you hope?

A: The multiple possibilities of recycling; renewable fuels, such as those made from plants instead of petrochemicals; and smart agriculture.

Gabriela Fleury, Rainforest Trust

“We are utterly dependent on the delicate interlocking web of life, and climate change will make it difficult for humans to thrive,” says Gabriela Fleury, Rotary Scholar.

Fleury completed a master’s degree in conservation biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2016. She focused on human-wildlife conflict mitigation with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and now works for the Virginia-based Rainforest Trust.

Q: What do you struggle with most as a professional working to combat climate change?

A: Climate change is theoretical to many people, and its effects take time to manifest themselves. This makes it hard to express the direct impact that climate change is having on our world, but it’s essential that people understand this impact to make the changes that are needed. 

Q: What potential solutions give you hope?

A: My organization, the Rainforest Trust, has safeguarded 19,654,506 acres of rainforest in the last 30 years, working with more than 75 partners all over the world. That proves there are many people who recognize the importance of conserving areas like rainforests to lessen the effects of climate change.

Sallie Lacy, consultant on climate change

“We need radical changes to the way we consume and produce, as well as enormous investment and political buy-in. This is not happening fast enough," says Sallie Lacy, Rotary Peace Fellow.

After her 2006-07 Rotary Peace Fellowship at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, Lacy worked on climate protection for developing countries at GIZ, the German government’s international development arm. She is now based in Switzerland, where she works at the consulting firm EBP, advising public- and private-sector clients on issues related to climate change. 

Q: Do you believe humankind will be able to stop climate change?

A: I believe some countries will adapt better than others, but I also believe the Earth is like a life raft, and you cannot keep just part of the life raft afloat. Solutions need to be for everyone. 

Q: What potential solutions give you hope?

A: I am hopeful when I see advances in the spread of renewable energy, the phasing out of coal in many places, as well as the significant efforts that are happening in the world’s cities to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Technology will play an important role in offering solutions, but we should not expect technology to fix everything. A big part of the solution is changing business-as-usual practices; making investments in resilient, low-carbon infrastructure; and changing consumer habits.

Taylor Cass Talbott, project officer for WIEGO 

“I believe we are working too slowly and that many people will suffer before we truly change course,” says Taylor Cass Talbott, Rotary Peace Fellow.

Talbott was a 2011-13 peace fellow at Tokyo’s International Christian University. She is a project officer for WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), a nonprofit that focuses on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. 

Q: What is your biggest fear related to climate change?

A: I fear there are many sources of climate change that we don’t yet understand. For example, recent research shows that plastic in the environment emits methane. If this is the case, we may be very far from a viable plan to reduce the impact of climate change.

Q: What do you struggle with most as a professional working to combat climate change?

A: We are so bombarded by environmental problems that we are creating siloed solutions. For example, many of the urgent responses to ocean plastics include the establishment of incineration facilities, which exacerbates both climate change and wealth disparity. We must think of these issues holistically, and we must listen to the voices of marginalized people, who are suffering the worst effects of climate change.

 
 
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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 

 

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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

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