The environment we live in is critical to the health and well-being of all of us.  It provides the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and supports the animals and plants we share on this planet. Loss of habitat, endangered species, polluted air, reduced water quality and the effects of droughts and bushfires are evident in today’s world. 

The environment sustains all life on Earth and Rotary cannot effectively or sustainably serve humanity without also focussing on supporting the well-being of planet Earth. Supporting the Environment as the new Area of Focus will enhance Rotary’s potential to develop, fund and implement projects to sustain the environment which we all live in. It gives Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact. It will complement the other areas of focus such as peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development. Grant applications for environment projects will be accepted from 1 July 2021.

As citizens throughout the world rally to protect the environment and preserve the planet and all of its species, Rotary International has added a new Areas of Focus ‘Supporting the Environment’. By taking part in an environmental sustainability project, clubs have an additional opportunity to connect to and embrace a younger membership who are concerned about the environment and help them address significant issues.

When the United Nations (UN) in September 2015 adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals - six related to the environment:  Affordable and Clean Energy; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below the Water; and Life on Land. Rotary is well aligned to participate in a range of activities as solutions to these environmental issues.

The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) has been instrumental in raising awareness as well as assisting Rotary clubs in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, and inspiring action. Joining ESRAG will support Clubs on-going work and provide access to a wide range of environmental projects and related resources. 

The District 9800 Environmental Sustainability Committee’s purpose is to assist clubs to initiate or further develop environmental sustainability project and activities.