Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
Wed 12th September 2018 at 12.50 - 14.00
Malcolm Rooney, District Environmental Officer expalined what Rotary hopes to do. Rotaract President Kimberley Baird was also welcomed to the meeting.
District Environment Officer, Malcolm Rooney from the Rotary Club of Kirriemuir spoke to members of the Rotary Club of St Andrews on Wednesday past.
Malcolm spoke about Climate Change and Sustainability. He urged members to see themselves as guardians of creation, caring for the world we know to pass on as an inheritance to future generations.
He spoke about the complex global issue like Climate related Refugees, the acidification of the Oceans, food and water shortages and resource depletion.
Nationally Malcolm drew attention to increasing temperatures and extremes of weather and looked to some of the implications for St Andrews. The threat of costal erosion had serious golf course related implications; there was concern that buildings would be affected by weather extremes; doubt if drains could accommodate severe flooding; and the threats to buildings from cliff collapse caused by rising sea levels.
He urged Rotarians to set a community lead by
• Increasing Recycling
• Reducing home energy use
• Careful consumerism, buying from sustainable resources and locally where possible
• Reducing Food Waste
• Making sustainable living choices
• Developing their Personal Knowledge Base
He believed that concern for the Environment should be both a political guide and also a Rotary Priority