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Sao Paulo Conference Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group

Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) inspires and empowers the Rotary Family with extensive expertise, networks, education and best practices to implement sustainable and impactful environmental projects.  These projects promote environmental sustainability, awareness of climate change, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate climate disruption.

We see a world where people unite and take action to protect the environment for a sustainable future.

ESRAG’s focus on environmental sustainability offers Rotary the opportunity to provide long-term benefits for people all over the world. We see our scope as to:

  • Protect, preserve, and conserve natural resources
  • Implement pollution solutions
  • Avert biodiversity and ecosystem loss
  • Support sustainable and resilient food systems
  • Promote clean and affordable energy and energy efficiency
  • Implement climate solutions
  • Foster circular economies that eliminate waste
  • Support sustainable living and responsible consumption
  • Promote ecosystem and community resilience
  • Advocate for environmental equity and public health


The need for Rotary to engage more around environmental sustainability was poignantly demonstrated at ESRAG's Inaugural Meeting in Sao Paulo. Rotarians were able to hear first-hand from fellow Rotarians about how the changing climate is already adversely affecting people in their countries. For example:

  • india-1225840Bangladesh - their economy is primarily based on agriculture; climate change is causing more flooding and droughts which are negatively affecting both the economy and food supplies.
  • Benin Republic, Africa - droughts are adversely affecting most aspects of village life in Africa.
  • Netherlands - significant investments have been and continue to need to be made to create flood defenses.
  • ESRAG will facilitate dialogue and drive action on critical humanitarian problems like these.

   Rotary Six Areas of Focus