All six of Rotary's six areas of focus directly relate to the environment: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies. Past Rotary International President, Barry Rassin said our environment is the 'ultimate mission’.
 
What can Rotarians in District 7020 do for our environment?
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas East initiated the call last year for each club in the district to form an Environmental (EPRS) Committee/Team. District Team Leader for EPRS Corrine Van Rensselaer again echoed the call and The Rotary Club of West Nassau heeded the call and set up their ‘Environmental Protection, Regeneration & Sustainability Committee’ and held their first committee meeting on Monday July 8th, 2019. The paramount job of their committee is to concentrate its work to educate young generations on the responsibility of a clean and sustainable environment.  The Rotary Club of East Nassau have also heeded the call and have an active environmental committee.Environment Fellowship of Rotarians
 
As a Rotarian you can consider joining a fellowship group or Rotary Action Group.
  • The Environment Fellowship of Rotarians (EFR) unites all Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors who are very interested and/or have a vocation related to the Environment - http://bubo.envirorotarians.org/.
 
  • The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG). They assist Rotary clubs, districts and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action - https://www.esrag.org/
 
 
What can your club do to help with the environment?
  • Do not use plastic straws and other plastics at your meetings or events.
  • Rather than use Styrofoam to take home food bring you own reusable containers from home.
  • Promote and encourage recycling where possible.
  • Set up your own environmental committee and reach out to your members, Rotaractors, Interactors and Earlyactors and see what environmental projects or ideas they can suggest.
  • Join with other clubs in your area to plant trees, clean beaches, set up disposable bins, educate and encourage others that when they go to the beach pick up three pieces of garbage and dispose of them correctly.
Each year Worldwide Earth Day and World Environment Day are celebrated.  Earth Day will be observed on April 22, 2020. It is a day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. World Environment Day (WED) will be celebrated on the 5th June, 2020, and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for promoting awareness and action to protect the environment. It began in 1974 and is a well-known global platform for positive change that is celebrated in over 100 countries.
 
District 7020 let us work together and share our ideas of how we can celebrate Earth day and World Environment Day in 2020, so that we can help save our Planet for the Generations to come.
 
Rotary International District 7020 is comprised of over 2,400 Rotarians in 86 Clubs from 10 countries or territories in 16 islands, and is led by District Governor Delma Maduro from the British Virgin Islands for the term 2019-2020. Learn more at www.7020.org