Environmental issues

You won’t be surprised to hear that environmental issues are the focus of much of our work, especially as all of Rotary’s six priority areas directly relate to the environment:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water and sanitation
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

As we are seeing all over the world, particularly now due to the increasing evidence of human impact on the environment, this is a crucial area of focus for Rotary and for the world. We aim to closely support all local environmental and climate initiatives, as well as looking to start some of our own.

You can read more about why the environment and climate issues are so important for Rotary, here:

We are aiming to support the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) which assists Rotary clubs, districts and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness and inspiring action. These projects promote environmental sustainability, awareness of climate change, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate climate disruption. ESRAG promotes educational resources, initiates dialogue about environmental sustainability, and uses best practices in models and assessments for both projects and daily choices.

Following a recent survey, members put across their own ideas and suggestions for focus areas for our environmental work. These include:

  • Recycling and waste (including Reducing Plastic Use, Pollution and Litter Collection)
  • Wildlife and nature
  • Climate 
  • Renewable & green energy 
  • Food (including education) 
  • Supporting local interventions/organisations  
  • Landscape/Local Area Protection (such as cool rivers) 

We have been supplying and planting thousands of pounds worth of trees and shrubs, with local provenance, to help local communities in partnership with:

The Environment Agency

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The Scouts

and various local land owners, plus with the backing of a Rotary District Grant.





Digital sustainability and accessibility

Like everything in life, our use of digital technology comes with the burden of a carbon footprint, whether it be related to the storage of data, the transmission of information, or the processing required to perform tasks.

To that end, we are making efforts to reduce and keep our digital carbon footprint as small as possible. As a by-product of some of this, we’re also able to improve the performance of things like our website, making it a win-win. Actions include:

  • Reducing the size of images used in our website, whilst retaining the quality.
  • Avoiding sending attachments in emails. We store them centrally and the emails include links to the files. This has the added benefit of avoding the problem of people referring to different versions of the same file, as it evolves over time.
  • Using tools and technologies to optimise the performance and accessibility of our website, e.g: Ecograder and EqualWeb.

Some of the organisations that we are supporting and working alongside are:


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