Posted by Ted Waghorne on Feb 23, 2023

The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) is organising a diverse range of activities for convention delegates, prior to and during the Rotary International Convention in May 2023.   

These activities include Environmental Tours, an Action Summit, a RAGtime event pre-RICOON; and break-out sessions during the convention.  The aim is to showcase a sample of Rotary environmental initiatives across the world; and to encourage Rotarians to take further action to support and recover our environment.  

Environmental Excursions are planned for May 24-26. Options being considered include:  

  • Maribyrnong River Wildlife Corridor – proposed program includes: hear from the Yarra Riverkeeper; plant trees; enjoy a barbecue lunch. 

  • Visit a Bat Colony in Melbourne – a walking tour along the Yarra to observe the native grey-headed flying fox colony. 

  • The City of Melbourne ‘Green Line’ Project and Rotary’s involvement – see the beginning of this project, supported by the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Rotarians for Bees, with aspiration to improve river health; create and ecological river pollinator corridor; and provide environmental education. 

  • Visit Donations in Kind (DIK) – a RAWCS Project, DIK volunteers collect and redistribute donated goods. Delegates will see the vast range of goods available and learn how the project is managed. 

  • Visit Green top gardens and environmentally sustainable buildings in the Central Business District. 

For further information or register interest contact ESRAG Oceania Chair: 

ESRAG Environment Actions Summit May 25th: 

Keynote speakers include Professor David Karoly, an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability; and Patrick McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water, the first water utility to join the UN Global Compact, an organisation with a strong sustainability focus. 

Other presentations include: Cleaning the rivers of the world; mangrove restoration; Rotarians for Climate website; Lithium-ion battery recycling; Environmental envoys to engage Rotary clubs; Oyster shell reef restoration; Trees for Survival; and Light up Timor through Enterprise. 

Delegates will participate in an action workshop to inform Rotary Environment Action Guides. 

Cost (including lunch) $US60; Rotaractors: $US30; ESRAG members: $US54 

Register for Action Summit

ESRAG Breakout Sessions at RICON 

ESRAG presenters, all leaders of major environmental initiatives, will present three exciting breakout sessions during the May 27-31 Rotary International Convention:  

Check the RICON 2023 website for dates and times of these sessions:  

RAGTime 25th May 

RAGTime is an opportunity for members of all 26 RAGs (Rotary Action Groups) to meet in an informal setting and exchange ideas with other RAGs; Rotary leaders and staff. 

Event details: 25th May, 19.00-21.00 at Jardin Tan, Royal Botanic Gardens. Cost (including canapes and one drink) $US60 for Rotarians; $US30 for Rotaractors. 

Register for RAGTime


For further information on all these activities, read the ESRAG Special Edition Newsletter