Cape Town Climate Reality Leaders team up with Rotary

Climate Reality Leaders in Cape Town teamed up with The Rotary District 9350 Environmental Sustainability Committee, and hosted a “sold out” workshop on World Environmental Day, that focused on the major threat the climate crisis poses to our planet.

The lead presenter was world-recognised expert on climate change issues, Professor Nick King, who is both a Climate Reality Leader and regular member of the Rotary District Environmental Committee.

Professor Nick King shares the reality of the climate crisis with workshop participants.

Two more Climate Reality leaders also shared their knowledge at the World Environment Day workshop. David Le Page introduced the concept of Fossil Free investments, and work that he does through Fossil Free South Africa – and you can find more information on this work here if you want to ensure longevity of your pension or shares!  Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, helped with the group work facilitation.

The workshop delegates consisted of Rotarians and interested businesspersons, and many of the Rotarians at the workshop have already offered to lead their Rotary clubs as Climate Change Champions.  After the presentations the workshop delegates enthusiastically contributed to the six group brainstorm sessions, where a wide variety of excellent ideas were discussed for climate action at home, in schools, Rotary clubs, communities, churches, and businesses.

  • Professor Nick King facilitates one of the six group brainstorming sessions.

  • Rotary Environmental Sustainability Chairman, Lew Botha reporting back on his group’s brainstormed ideas for addressing the climate crisis.

Following the workshop, Rotarians have been encouraged to follow the Rotary Vision to TAKE ACTION, which is of particular relevance to the climate crisis our world is facing. The full Rotary International Vision is:

Together we see a world

  • where people unite   
  • and take action
  • to create lasting change
  • across the globe , in our communities and in ourselves

It was suggested that in Rotary clubs and communities, “taking action” could be establishing Climate Crisis working groups. These groups would meet regularly and strategize individual Rotary Club Climate Crisis action plans,  that should include a number of achievable but ambitious climate crisis goals, which have impact and are sustainable. Some of these activities included raising awareness of the climate crisis within the Rotary family, on the ground actions like tree planting or starting a recycling hub, engaging local government on climate change issues, and identifying Climate Champions within local communities that can collaborate with the Rotary Climate Crisis Working Groups.

From left: Koos Burger, Rotarian & manager of the Rotary Youth Environmental Camp; David Le Page; Geraldine Nicol, Secretary; Lew Botha; Rev. Rachel Mash; Professor Nick King