From 1st July 2021 supporting the Environment becomes Rotary International's 7th Avenue of Service.

Rotary Supporting the Environment
Rotary Supporting the Environment


The Rotary Foundation will enable our members and their community allies
to take action in these ways:

  • Protecting and restoring land, coastal, marine, and freshwater resources
  • Enhancing the capacity of communities to support natural resource management and conservation
  • Supporting sustainable agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture practices
  • Addressing the cause of climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases
  • Strengthening ecosystems and communities affected by climate change
  • Supporting education initiatives that promote behavior that protects the environment
  • Advocating for sustainable consumption to build an economy that uses resources more efficiently
  • Addressing environmental justice issues and public health concerns

District Governor Environment Plans for 2021-2022

Ian McTurk, District Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year has a passion for the environment and will be promoting initiatives Rotary's new area of focus. Our district has been very successful with crocus planting and Ian hopes to establish purple flower beds across Cumbria and Lancashire to promote our Purple for Polio campaign. He hopes that clubs will promote the planting of purple pollinators in local parks, school or college gardens, sports centres and green spaces. 

The plants can be flowers/shrubs/herbaceous/perennials/heathers,etc, the aim being to have purple flowers on show throughout the year. There are many environmental groups who provide ‘green’ funding and local nurseries may be willing to provide sponsorship. Each project doesn’t need to cost a lot with labour freely provided by a team of enthusiastic Rotarians, assisted by Rotaractors; Rotakids; friends; students; local residents and youth groups. Ask your local Council to see if they would be willing to provide promotional plaques.

Dawn Taylor - District Lead for the Environment

Dawn Taylor from Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary takes over as the District lead for the Environment from 1st July 2021. Her vision for Lancashire and Cumbria is to make the region a place where people and nature thrive. Dawn hopes that every club across the district will have an Environment team in place by the end of the Rotary year 2022.  She welcomes ideas for working to improve our towns, parks and green spaces and encourage you all to engage with other local environment groups towards our mission.

 To contact Dawn, email dawntaylor126@hotmail.com

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