By Jojy Michael, member of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)
“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”
- Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International President, 2017-18
Riseley made that definitive declaration in 2017 while unveiling the Rotary theme for his presidency. He continued to advance the case for the environment with fellow Rotary members until The Rotary Foundation adopted Protecting the Environment as an area of focus in July 2020. What is the best way for Rotarians and Rotaractors to protect the environment? To answer that question, it is necessary to look at one of the leading threats to the environment: deforestation.
According to Our World in Data, since the last ice age, humans have converted a third of the world’s forests and two-thirds of wild grasslands for agricultural use. Almost half…
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