Protecting the Environment

Rotary’s newest Area of Focus highlights our dedication to preserving the planet and its resources.

Preserving the planet we share together.

We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability and foster harmony between communities and the environment.

We empower communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation in an effort to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

Rotary in Action


Living in the plastic age

EndPlasticSoup is a Rotary movement, started in the Netherlands, which is changing the conversation about the environment.

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Together, we transform

Rotary members are tackling environmental issues the way they always do: by coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy and planning for the future.

Supported by The Rotary Foundation

Rotary's own charity, The Rotary Foundation, enables our members and their community partners to take action to protect the environment.

Over the last 5 years, the Foundation has given over $18 million in grant funding to environmental-related causes."

Together, we:

  • Protect and restore land, coastal, marine, and freshwater resources
  • Enhance the capacity of communities to support natural resource management and conservation
  • Support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture practices
  • Address the cause of climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases
  • Strengthen ecosystems and communities affected by climate change
  • Support education initiatives that promote behaviour that protects the environment
  • Advocate for sustainable consumption to build an economy that uses resources more efficiently
  • Address environmental justice issues and public health concerns

Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group

Rotary Action Groups are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field.

The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) was formed in 2015 and has ambitious plans to make a real difference in creating a world for future generations where our environment thrives. Read more about their work on their website.

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