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Biodiversity Task Force – Life on Earth

by Dr. Christopher Puttock, ESRAG Chair



Zoom (new: please note that Registration is now required:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please double check that the time is 9:00am Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT)





Our Agenda will be:

zoom room opens 10 minute early for chat and to check connectivity.

00-05 start, new introductions, and guests

05-15 news and updates

15-50 Presentation, questions, and Rotary service solutions

50-60 other business and what’s next up : Wednesday March 31, 2021 – UTC 1:00pm (4:00pm EAT Nairobi) - John Chisholm - Sustainable agroforestry in western Kenya.

60-75 overtime?


Upcoming Schedule



Time UTC

Time Local



Domain Focus



UTC 1:00pm

9:00am EDT

Max Holmes

Climate Change and the Arctic: local and global impacts

Environmental Resilience



UTC 1:00pm

4:00pm EAT

John Chisholm

Sustainable agroforestry in western Kenya

Sustainable Food Prodn




6:30pm EDT

Doug Tallamy

Natures Best Hope [*D7620 District Conference Keynote Speaker]

Ecosystem restoration



UTC 1:00pm

7:30pm IST

Binish Desai

Working title: Industrial Recycling – turning waste into an asset

Upcycling-Circular Economy


When available the recordings of meetings will be posted to the Biodiversity page on the ESRAG website (



Meeting Schedule

The next Biodversity meetings are :

31st March 2021 UTC  1:00 pm   - Climate Change and the Arctic - Local and Global impacts -Max Holmes

14th April 2021 UTC 1:00pm - Sustainable Agriculture in Western Kenya - John Chisholm



On August 12, 2020 ESRAG launched a Task Force to bring together the “Life on Earth” activities of ESRAG into one cohesive unit. This Biodiversity Task Force covers four great realms that can be visualized in the adjacent diagram. 


  1. Biodiversity of Life : seeking to slow and stop further loss of species
  2. Ecosystem Restoration : seeking to restore ecosystem services of the web of life
  3. Sustainable Production : seeking to produce and harvest resources efficiently
  4. Environmental Resilience: seeking to establish a sustainable balance between humans and biodiversity


This is one of five major task forces ESRAG is forming.  The others are:

•  A Clean World (free of human pollution – heat, gas, light, water, plastics, invasive species),

•  Circular Economy (cradle to cradle, smart design, keeping materials out of landfills, FreonTM collection and destruction, composting),

•  Sustainable or Renewable Energy (collection, storage, and use of energy – smart transport and cities, e-buildings), and

• The Human Condition (health, wealth, and happiness – population control, education for all, retirement, beating diseases).


Biodiversity Task Force Mission

In keeping with the mission for all Rotary Action Groups, the mission of ESRAG’s Biodiversity Task Force is to explore the different avenues of service that are available to the Rotary Family, and specifically to be engaged with projects for Supporting the Environment.

The three primary actions are to:

  1. PROVIDE EDUCATION: we need to provide the best understanding of nature, the best management practices for sustainability, and the best interrelationship between humanity and the life on Earth that supports our daily existence.
  2. BUILD PARTNERSHIPS and SPONSORSHIPS: there is a multitude of organizations at all levels of society that are actively engaged in supporting “Life on Earth”, some will be our collaborators and cooperators, others will seek our volunteer support, and others will be seeking to support us.  The opportunities are endless.
  3. TRACK OUR PROGRESS: In ESRAG we call this Project Impact Reporting (PIR). This is not only the place to showcase our Rotary Action stories but also to monitor our progress on Effective Conservation, asking the question “How well are we doing?” and being able to have an evidence-based answer.

Young mangroves in Tanzania. Credit:  UN Environment Programme

When do we meet?

The Biodiversity Task Force meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Each meeting will have a guest speaker who will focus on one or more of the many aspects of “Life on Earth”.  As our Task Force has members all over the world, the meeting time will be determined by the guest speaker for their meeting. The speaker’s presentation will be video recorded and archived, and available soon on this page. 

To sign up to attend the Zoom meeting: email Dr. Christopher Puttock.   The meeting time will appear on the Zoom invitation in UTC.

Who can attend?

Anyone of the Rotary Family can attend a Biodiversity Task Force meeting. These meetings are currently set to have no more than 100 attendees.  If you cannot attend a meeting, then you can review the meeting and submit comments at any time in the two weeks following a meeting.

Meeting structure

The meetings are 60-75 minutes long and run like an e-club for Biodiversity.

The Zoom Room will be open for 15 minutes before the meeting for chat and connectivity.

0.01       Leadership introductions and ESRAG Biodiversity moments (12 minutes)

0.15        Guest speaker (12-15 minutes – live or pre-recorded)

0.30        Questions with the speaker and Discussion of project possibilities (15-20 minutes)

0.50        Recap of ideas and follow-up Assignments (10 minutes)

1.00        Final thoughts and comments (no more than 12 minutes to close)

If you would like contribute examples of projects that you have been engaged with relating to the topic of the day, please do so using ESRAG’s project form  

To request consultation on a Biodiversity project, please email Dr. Christopher Puttock 






Coati de nariz blanco. Credit:  Fundación Jocotoco, Ecuador






Meeting Archive

Sept. 23rd  2020 Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa     Is Aquaponics a Suitable Alternative?

Oct. 28th 2020 Arun Vaddi    Coral Reefs    

Nov. 11th  2020 Dr. Chris W. Smith. Soil Health - an Overview for Agriculture