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the sustainability trust

The Sustainability Trust

The Sustainability Trust

Rotarians for Sustainability

and Carbon Reduction

The Sustainability Trust

is a Global Rotary Club project


Climate Change and World Peace

the sustainability trust what it does
The Sustainability Trust- what it does .....

Encourages 1.22 million Rotarians to learn about the importance of Sustainability principles.

Shares ideas on how to introduce these principles into our own lives, our communities and our humanitarian Rotary Club projects.

Aims to link all 34,103 Rotary Clubs into an online information network about the issues and solutions.

Wants Rotary Clubs to reduce the impact of Climate Change and prepare their communities for its consequences.

www thesustainabilitytrust org

The Trust is a Charitable Foundation

It was created with funding from 11 Clubs (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa) in 9 Rotary Districts on 5 continents.

The Trustees are all Rotarians.

Our slogan is “Rotarians for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction”

why sustainability
Why Sustainability?

Is this Sustainable?

The human race is using the resources of 1.4 planet Earths

By 2030 we will need the resources of two planet Earths

what is sustainability
What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is "Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." (The Brundtland Commission – 1987)

We are destroying the planet’s ability to support its growing population.

‘Sustainable Life-style’ should be our objective.

It needs thought, investment and effort, but it doesn’t bring

sub-standard living

sustainability example peak oil is approaching
Sustainability – Example‘Peak Oil’ is Approaching

Is this Sustainable?

Source: International Energy Agency (IEA)

Thousand barrels daily

the damage done by petrol part of every litre we buy
The Damage done by Petrol:Part of every litre we buy* -

Funds a Dictatorship.

Reduces Human Rights.

Contributes to the next hurricane, by warming the oceans.

Makes the oceans more acidic, damaging fish & coral.

Adds to the misery of every refugee affected by drought.

Destroys part of the ecosystem our grandchildren will need for survival.

Possibly makes a donation to a terrorist organisation.

*Source – Hot, Flat & Crowded, by Thomas Friedman

the benefits of solar energy
The Benefits of Solar Energy

We have lived through the time of cheap - but damaging - coal and oil

Yet the Earth receives a massive supply of solar energy. It’s just been difficult to utilise... so far

We have a fusion reactor that has been burning over 4 billion years. ... the Sun.

It provides enough energy in one minute to supply the world's energy needsfor one year.

"The amount of solar radiation striking the earth over a three-day period is equivalent to the energy stored in all fossil energy sources.*“


world population is growing
World Population is Growing

Is this line --- the ‘Climate Wars’ Scenario?

World population from 1800 to 2100, based on UN 2004 projections (red, orange, green) and US Census Bureau historical estimates (black).

why carbon reduction
Why Carbon Reduction?

CO2 is a greenhouse gas emitted from burning fossil fuels

It can insulate our planet in the upper atmosphere for up to 200 years

We are warming the planet by burning fossil fuels so quickly

We may be heating it beyond its ability to support 7bn-9bn people

The warmer climate and seas are creating volatile weather patterns

This is expected to lead to flooding and drought, food and water shortages, starvation & disease.

Our trustees believe that Rotarians should address this challenge

and it s started the weather is changing everywhere
And it’s started: The Weather is Changing EVERYWHERE

Rotarians at recent RI Conventions all say –

“Yes, our climate is getting more unpredictable”




Georgia, USA

water shortage predictions 2020 source university of kassel in germany
Water Shortage Predictions 2020Source = University of Kassel in Germany

The Sustainability Trust – Rotarians for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction

water shortage predictions 2070 source university of kassel in germany
Water Shortage Predictions 2070Source = University of Kassel in Germany

The Sustainability Trust – Rotarians for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction


Drought .. and FloodingLondon 2100...?Estimate by US National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, ColoradoThe Sustainability Trust – Rotarians for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction

but there are climate contrarians
But there are Climate Contrarians.....

“Month XYZ was very cold, so it isn’t happening”

We mustn’t confuse Weather with Climate

Just because it’s cold here, doesn’t mean it’s cold everywhere

2010 was one of the planet’s warmest years on record

8 of the last 10 years have been the warmest on record for planet Earth

the climate is always changing this is nothing to do with humans
“The climate is always changing. This is nothing to do with humans”

0.75’C rise in a century cannot be explained by natural causes

Previous (natural) changes were far more gradual

The natural Greenhouse Gas Effect keeps Earth 30’C warmer.

However, we are increasing the greenhouse effect by burning huge quantities of fossil fuels very quickly

Our rapidly warming planet is happening too fast for nature to adjust

the scale of the problem is overstated there is no need for action
“The scale of the problem is overstated: there is no need for action.”

350ppm is many leading scientists’ view on safe upper limit for CO2

It’s now at 390ppm and rising at approx 2ppm per annum

Science is becoming clear: Global Warming is happening faster than ever - and humans are responsible.

Sources - The Royal Society information database, ‘Climate Wars’ and

warming is expected to accelerate
Warming is expected to accelerate

Stephen Salter, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design,

University of Edinburgh .....

‘A reasonable judgement gives a 40 per cent chance that the Arctic sea-ice area will decline significantly ..... in 2011....

‘Since ice reflects sunlight and water absorbs sunlight, should the ice area decline then the Arctic will warm in late summer.

‘The result will be that the greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide and methane - will be released into the atmosphere ....

.... leading to further warming and a runaway greenhouse event

.... and ultimately .... the collapse of civilization’.

‘Deadly peril of loss of sea ice’ - The Independent newspaper

Saturday, 12 February 2011

if the contrarians are wrong it will be too late to prevent a catastrophe
If the Contrarians are wrong, it will be too late to prevent a catastrophe

Global warming leads to disease, starvation, food and water shortages, flooding & drought.

These are expected to lead to conflict and wars

Are we going to make our own planet uninhabitable for all but a tiny population?

Are we going to create ‘Climate Wars’ for future generations?

Sources - The Royal Society information database, ‘Climate Wars’


climate wars
‘Climate Wars’

Is The Perfect Storm heading our way?

Is this a challenge for Rotary Clubs?

Have we thought about ANY aspect of this?

Have we prepared ourselves and our communities?

Let’s look at the consequences of these changes …

carbon dioxide timeline source climate wars by gwynne dyer oneworld press
Carbon Dioxide TimelineSource = ‘Climate Wars’, by Gwynne Dyer, Oneworld Press
  • For all of human history, our atmosphere contained 275 parts per million of carbon dioxide.
  • 1980's - Planet passed 350ppm (the safe target to maintain equilibrium?)
  • 2013 - Expect to pass 400ppm
  • 2030 - Expect to pass 450ppm
  • 2035 - 480ppm carbon. Killer heatwaves strike Europe, US Midwest and Southeast.
    • Oceanic ability to absorb carbon down by 70%, Greenland glaciers sliding rapidly into the sea.
    • Mankind's main job has become 'planetory maintenance engineering'
the situation in 2045
The Situation in 2045

2.8'C higher global average temp (2'C is viewed as absolute limit to avoid runaway feedback system)

China suffers mass starvation due to collapse of major river systems through drought.

European Union collapses due to inability to absorb more refugees from southern nations.

Northern European countries close all borders.

Italy over-run with refugees from Africa and becoming a failed state.

Source = ‘Climate Wars’, by Gwynne Dyer

2045 civilisation starts to disintegrate
2045 - Civilisation Starts to Disintegrate

Uganda's population reached 110m by 2030 but fallen back to 30m due to severe malnutrition.

Wall between Mexico and USA still holding, but severe unrest in US over shoot to kill policy.

USA and Canada just coping to maintain a shadow of former lifestyles, with food and water scarce.

Methane being released in huge quantities from melting permafrost in Arctic

Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh swept by famine and anarchy due to collapse of glacier-fed Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Nuclear war potential over Himalayas water rights.

Source = ‘Climate Wars’, by Gwynne Dyer

when we re asked what rotarians did to prevent this catastrophe facing planet earth
When we’re asked - what Rotarians did to prevent this catastrophe facing planet Earth .....

Used with permission of

The Observer newspaper, London

What will we tell them?

so what are rotarians doing
So what are Rotarians Doing?

Many things all over the world......

a programme rotarians can all be proud of rotary international peace scholars
A programme Rotarians can all be proud of - Rotary International Peace Scholars

These are the people who will face the Climate Change challenges

shelterbox rotart club of helston lizard cornwall
ShelterBoxRotart Club of Helston - Lizard, Cornwall

A wonderful project – dealing with the consequences

We want to deal with the causes

sustainability trust programmes
Sustainability Trust Programmes ......

Encouraging & Supporting Sustainable Club Projects

Theme of 2010-11 RI President Ray Klinginsmith, Rotary Club of Kirksville, Missouri –



Communities and Bridging Continents’

The Trust seeks Sustainability ideas from Clubs ...

Here are some examples .....

mission valley club san diego ca http understandingclimatechange org
Mission Valley Club, San Diego, CA

Fresno Club, CA - Solar Cookers South Africa 2010Coordinated by the Trust & led by R.C. Fresno, California & R.C. Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

Lorna Milligan, RC Fresno training team

Making the cookers from local materials

Demonstrating the finished products

d 1220 project sustainable homes in d 3150 india
D.1220 Project - Sustainable Homes in D.3150, India

FROM THIS........

District 1220 aims to build the homes.

The Sustainability Trust aims to make them sustainablehomes

sheffield rotary club yorkshire
Sheffield Rotary Club, Yorkshire

Selling Ecotek Products - Energy and cost saving devices for your home or office at discount prices

Donating to the Trust for each one sold.

Combined TV, VCR, DVD, etc, poweredoff with one click

A different version does the same for computers, printers etc

Energy Wizard - £24.32 from Amazon.

£19 from the Trust. 10% electricity saving

Standby Saver

rochdale rotary club england the babylon project
Rochdale Rotary Club, England‘The Babylon Project’

Continuous plastic planting material for low-water and poor soil cultivation

Winner of Rodney Huggins RIBI Environmental Project

Award 2010

‘Your Green Future’ D. 1100 R.C’s Of Cheltenham, Cheltenham Sunrise, Cheltenham Cleeve Vale, North Cotswolds & Gloucester Seven
how can this club get involved
How Can This Club Get Involved?

What’s locally relevant for you?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle advice to residents?

Tree-planting locally?

Environmental Preservation Projects Locally?

School Sustainable Project?

String shopping bag Trust program? (USA imports 500m gals p.a. of oil to make shopping bags. UK hasreduced bag use by nearly 50%, but still much to do)

Energy Reduction Project locally? (Ecotek products)

Help establish renewable energy projects, locally (or internationally for humanitarian benefits)

And there are thousands of other ideas to consider... Check out our website. Ask us for advice.

world peace
World Peace

World Peace depends on tackling these challenges

Rotarians can - and should - take a lead.

We won’t be able to fill ShelterBoxes fast enough to cope with all the disasters.

Unless we start NOW to make a difference

the trust has
The Trust has ....

World-wide reach through 600+ Rotary Clubs

Some very enthusiastic individual members

The ability to act as a project catalyst

How you can help....

Link your Club to the Trust (website RED button)

Become a Sustaining Member Club ($100 annually)

Provide Ambassadorsto spread the word in your District

Create New Project Ideas, shared on the website

Encourage Rotarians to offset their flight emissions(and other unavoidable carbon emissions) to support a Rotary Club project at

the people who deal with peace have no doubts about the dangers
The People who deal with Peace have no doubts about the dangers:

Professor Paul Rogers, retired Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford – May 2008:

“Examined from the perspective of conflict and conflict resolution, there is no doubt the effects of climate change, especially on the poorer parts of the world, are likely to be the most important issues for the next two decades.

‘If we do not prevent the excesses of climate change, we will be bequeathing to our children a world of severe insecurity, if not chaos, and it will be our generation that will be blamed.

sustainability and carbon reduction to emphasise the importance
Sustainability and Carbon Reduction... to emphasise the importance .....

This is the biggest challenge our world faces

And this is the largest type available, to stress how we feel...!

and finally
And finally....

What is the 5th Test in the Four-Way Test?


the sustainability trust www thesustainabilitytrust org

The Sustainability

Rotarians for Sustainability

and Carbon Reduction

The Sustainability Trust

is a Global Rotary Club project