Environmental Task Force Projects

Frank J. Devlyn

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Projects to preserve and protect

  • Rotary's first-ever conference in Antarctica (January, 1997) drew attention to the crucial environmental role of that continent, which has been likened to a canary in a coal mine — a gauge to warn the earth of unseen environmental dangers.

  • A Rotary Foundation Matching Grant sponsored by Rotary clubs in Texas, U.S.A. and Turkey is providing seeds, plants and fences to prevent wind erosion in Bursa, Turkey.

  • Car dealers tuned up engines and disposed of used oil, tires and batteries free of charge in Vaxjo, Sweden. Rotarians obtained the car dealers' cooperation and organized an air quality seminar on limiting pollution.

  • The Rotary club of Famagusta, Cyprus launched an island-wide environmental awareness campaign that included the production of television and radio announcements, posters, children's coloring books, and pamphlets showing how to build a solar oven and an organic composter. Recycling bins, designed and built by club members were offered to each municipality. In addition, some 2,500 trees grown in the club's nursery were planted.

  • Rotarians from Sao Paulo, Brazil, working with several Rotary districts in Canada, the U.S.A. and Brazil, donated 56,000 nut trees for replanting Brazil's rain forest. The trees provide income for local Indians and combat deforestation. The Rotary Foundation added a US$100,000 Health, Hunger and Humanity (3H) grant to fund fertilizer, transport and other expenses. The trees will live an average of 600 years.

  • Mexico's Monterrey-Cumbres Rotary Club developed a children's ecology education program. Children learned to wash, sort and compact daily refuse. The program taught garbage was misplaced resources and recycling was the solution.

  • The "Clean and Green" project of the Rotaract Club of Eastern Dagupan in the Philippines is a two-phase program to decrease pollution and restore trees to the area. Rotaractors promote environmental awareness through local media publicity and by passing out information. They also placed trash cans in various well-traveled areas and planted tree saplings in schoolyards.

  • In Haiti, a 3-H grant helped renovate the Tapion dam and canal system. There is now water for crop irrigation and local farmers are being trained in agroforestry, and soil and water conservation. The project is cosponsored by Rotary Club of Carrefour and Rotary clubs in Rotary District 7890 (Massachusett and Vermont, USA), which also sent volunteers. Assistance for the project was also provided by the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization.

  • The Rotary Club of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., funded the environmental publication "Going Green: A Guide to Becoming an Environmentally Friendly Business Without Going Broke." The publication was distributed to area companies to help them decrease energy consumption, reduce waste and improve recycling.

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