At a recent Rotary conference, Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia declared that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
Ian H.S. Riseley
“Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone. They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda. The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is,and must be, everyone’s concern,” said President Riseley.
As trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air which slows global warming, President Ian Riseley challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members before Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
Rotary International hopes that the 1.2 million new trees planted by members will have a lasting impact on our planet. Plans are already underway to plant 375 trees in the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum to represent each of our members. The Environmental and Ecology committee and the Urban Ecology Center are working together to make this exciting effort possible.
We hope that all of you will come out to the Arboretum and plant a tree in April. Stay tuned for more details.