–submitted by Paul Riehemann
We have modified our proposal based on their concerns – details here: ESRAG Open Letter to 2016 Council on Legislation Delegates.
We will keep you posted.
Paul Riehemann and Karen Kendrick-Hands, Co-Chairs
Going Green Fellowship Group
Update 4/13, 6:15am from Dean Dickinson, District 6250 CoL Delegate:
I have been advised that with the amendment removing the language from the by-laws that the board will not come to the floor with an opposing statement.
Update 4/13, 2:30pm from Dean:
The Council adjourned for the day before it took up PE 16-98 and will resume at 8:00am tomorrow. Great comments, keep them coming!!
Update 4/14, 2:45pm from Paul:
Dean just emailed. He introduced the amended enactment. Immediately an amendment came to bring back Article 25 to the bylaws and was voted down. [we don’t understand why this amendment was made, this reversed the change we made Monday based on the RI Board’s Statement in Opposition.] Immediately a motion came to postpone action on amended Enactment 16-98…this was voted favorable… our efforts came to an end. [there was NO discussion – disappointing; we know many CoL Delegates wanted to make statements in support.]
Thank you Dean for representing this proposal. You truly put your heart into it, and we appreciate that.
All Is Not Lost / What’s Next
ESRAG and all Rotarians can of course share information and generate dialogue on issues. We suggest we all act “as if” PE 16-98 passed. And, although we really wish it had passed because of the strong statement it would have made, the RI Board’s Statement in Opposition included:
“This legislation is not necessary to allow clubs to take this action. There is no current reason or restriction against clubs supporting environmental concerns. In fact, the Rotary Code of Policies Article 8.040.5. encourages clubs to consider environmental projects as part of their community service.”
Please take the time to read all of the smart and impassioned comments on this blog post. In just the first 14 hours there were 44 supportive comments from Rotarians.
In the comments, Bruce Key from the Rotary Club of Belvoir-Wodonga in Australia made a critical point (paraphrased below) – being PROACTIVE needs to shape Rotary going forward:
There is no greater issue than climate change. It is largely pointless for Rotary to be providing support for the victims of weather-related disasters, when such disasters worldwide have increased by 300% since 1980 (see chart), without Rotary also attacking the major cause – climate change.
Stated another way –
Who wants to bale water out of the boat when there is a hole in the boat letting water in faster than we can bale?
Aren’t we smarter than this?
We will keep going – ESRAG’s purpose is too important.
Please keep adding your comments to this blog post! Thanks.
P.S. – Dean shared later on that three Resolutions dealing with the environment came to the floor, were discussed and were voted down roughly 40-60.
We are not defined by what happens to us,
we are defined by our reaction and forward progress.