Protecting the environment has become Rotary's 7th Area of Focus. Areas of Focus are categories of service activities supported by global grants, and global communities
It joins Rotary's original 6 Areas of Focus, which are
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention;
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment;
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene;
  • Maternal and Child Health;
  • Basic Education and Literacy;  
  • Community Economic Development.
Highton Rotary has a strong Environmental focus, and is working to protect and support our local environment by:  introducing a Use of Single Use Plastics Policy for Club activities; supporting other environment groups; assisting with tree planting and maintainance of the Waurn Ponds Creek.  You will find links to many resources in the left hand column,  that will be helpful in finding ways to support and sustain our environment.
We also have a keen interest in Bees, with a number of our members introducing hives into their Gardens.  We are are consciously seeking to be involved in projects that support the environment.  We also plan to provide opportunities for interested people to join our meetings when we have specialist Guest Speakers that have expertise in environmental issues. Every gardener knows the importance of bees to pollinate our veggies and flowers. Without them our food production globally would falter.  Our pro-active approach to raising awareness of bees include:
  • suggesting garden plantings that encourage bees
  • working with community groups to create bee friendly gardens
  • supporting the creation and use of Bee Motels, that give bees that do not belong to a large hive a safe place to rest
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Rotary International has allocated more than $18 million in grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact, and with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.
Back in 1990-91, then RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the a  Preserve Planet Earth Committee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives. Rotary has finally caught up to his vision says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus. Ian Riseley, a member of Sandringham Rotary in Melbourne says ā€œAs a lifelong environmentalist, Iā€™m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,ā€ 
So are we!!  Please connect with us if you would like to know more about our projects, join in volunteering with us, or would just like to know more about Rotary.  Email or visit our Facebook page and message us


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