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Environmental Sustainability

ESRAG Carbon Offset Fund

I have offset my Carbon
Help create ESRAG’s Carbon Offset Fund! by Karen Kendrick-Hands, ESRAG Board Member Have you ever felt guilty about the carbon footprint of the air travel you undertake for Rotary? Have you ever bought carbon offsets with your airline ticket, and wished that Rotary offered an offset program that kept your...

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Packing my Bags and Unpacking the Katowice COP

Rulebook Consensus!
Packing My Bags and Unpacking the Katowice COP: Inspiration from the UN Secretary General. July 15, 2019 I began writing this blog post December 12, 2018 early in the morning of the last day, thinking of the trek to the conclusion of COP24 in the presence tense. We left before...

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ESRAG Events in Hamburg

ESRAG at the Rotary International Convention 2019 - Hamburg! June 1-5, 2019 Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Crafts), a few minute's walk from RiCon ESRAG Forum: A Guide to Inspiring Environmental Optimism Date - Saturday 1 June 2019 Time - 08:00-12:30 Cost – $74 US Rotarians, $40 US Rotaractors Registration deadline –...

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COP Blog Post 7

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg: Speaking Truth to Power at COP24 UN Secretary General António Guterres seated next to 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who explained that while the world consumes an estimated 100 million barrels of oil each day, "there are no politics to change that. There are no politics to...

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The Challenges of Week Two: "The Devil is in the Details" Blog 6

Special Cop 24 Bus
December 12, 2018 Our morning routine on the treadmill of participating in COP24 has been getting more efficient. The heavy frost last Thursday morning coated cars and grass alike. The air smelled worse and my chest seemed tighter as we walked to catch the green-wrapped COP 24 bus. For more,...

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Week One of COP 24 Did Not End Well, Blog 5

Week One of COP 24 Did Not End Well for Science or the Climate: If You Don’t Like the Science, Refuse to “Welcome” It. Negotiating Party groupings in the UNFCCC.Graphic by Jonas Haller BOTTOM LINE: On Saturday night December 8, 2018, at the closing Plenary of the Subsidiary Body...

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Treading Water in a Sea of Acronyms: RINGO BINGO Lingo, Blog 4

Clear, easy to read slide
Treading Water in a Sea of Acronyms: RINGO BINGO Lingo, Blog 4 Meeting Room 25. Ghana has the next question. Photo by Karen D.Kendrick-Hands */ On Monday December 4, 2018, with first-day-of-school jitters, Larry and I re-crossed streetcar tracks several times before we found the Main entrance to the COP24...

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COP24 Blog 3

COP24, Katowice, Poland
The IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC: 12 Years, Technology Leapfrogs, and Opportunities December 6, 2018, update from the UNFCCC (The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate talks in Poland, COP 24 SBSTA(Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice)-IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings...

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COP24 Blog 2

Into the Belly of the Beast: a just transition away from coal. December 4, 2018, update from the UNFCCC (The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate talks in Poland, COP 24 This map of Europe shows how much carbon is released relatively in generating electricity. Poland, host country...

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UN Climate Talks in Katowice No. 1

Half a Degree Centigrade: The Challenge for the COP24 Climate talks in Poland. Nov. 29, 2018 “I am both deeply honored and a bit nervous to be Rotary's first observer delegate to the UN Climate talks, which are being held during COP24, Katowice, Poland, Dec. 2-14, 2018. By observing and...

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