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The question this week grows out of the “Environmental Sustainability and Peace,” Presidential Peacebuilding Conference on February 10, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

President Riseley’s exact words were:

” A safe and stable environment is every bit as crucial to effective and lasting Rotary service, as a safe and stable society and nation. An environment that is unsafe, that is unstable, is as dangerous to our work and our communities as a state of conflict. It has the same power to undo our progress, to set back development, to create humanitarian crises on every scale.”

Correction: Wethe4 apologises for any confusion caused by the error in my notes. 

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Interactive Enquiry #7

“Environmental Sustainability” is a peace issue or as RI President Ian Riseley implied climate and weather events have a force similar to the power of war.

Agree         or       Disagree

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Elsie Montefalcon Srvice
 √ But not like WAR it kills HUMANITY slowly and the longtime effect is unpredictable.
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Susanne Rea
  √ Tsunamis, for example, can cause sudden death and destruction … earthquakes too
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Bill Phillips
 √  √  Extreme climate and weather events most certainly have the same power as wars. Unlike wars, however, climate and weather are affected by many factors that are beyond human control. Rotary’s efforts in the environmental field are laudable and have my full support, however, I think it will be extremely difficult to demonstrate that those efforts will have affected any measurable change in climate.

To the extent that such efforts can make resources (including clean water and air) available in regions where these are in short supply, or where such efforts promote goodwill and understanding between peoples; Rotary is indeed providing a beneficial service and should continue to do so. Invoking the climate change boogie man is unnecessary and IMHO counterproductive

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Sebastian Paul
 √ Wars destroy, so do extreme climate and weather events and pollution. These unfavourable environmental factors will at least partially destroy humankind in near future if not we find some effective ways to stop it. So it is indeed a Rotary Peace issue.
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Kent Miller
 √ Yes, I agree with the statement. However, “same power as war” should read “same power as major conflict” to be fair to the quote. War has implications beyond what conflict might include–nuclear, for instance, and scale for another. Major conflict and climate both have out of control devastation for life, property, national stability and international relationships. But, both can be addressed by human action and international understanding and agreements. Both have huge humanitarian implications for a response. And, sadly, both have become politically divisive issues. Rotary as Peacemaker can focus on bringing consensus around these and moving to preventive action.
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Douglas Smith
 √ Unlike, major conflicts, climate change is evolutionary in process. The question is how far does the camel have to creep into the tent before he is recognized by those with a vested interest in denial for the unwelcome guest he is.
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Craig Clarke
  √  I agree that climate & environmental sustainability are important issues for Rotary. I was inspired by the conference last week. I am also grateful to President Riseley for challenging us to broaden our awareness so as to notice how environment & climatic issues affect our humanitarian work; his tree-planting challenge has stimulated us to create new service projects in our community.

 

 Dennis Wong

Dennis Wong
 √ Why and how could the same thinking be applied to weapons of mass destruction where the purpose is to kill many thousands/millions of people?
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Ian Riseley
  The exact text of what I said is as follows:

A safe and stable environment is every bit as crucial to effective and lasting Rotary service, as a safe and stable society and nation. An environment that is unsafe, that is unstable, is as dangerous to our work and our communities as a state of conflict. It has the same power to undo our progress, to set back development, to create humanitarian crises on every scale.

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Art Gillan
 √  The question is not so much the quote and interpretation, but do you agree that our climate and environment are important issues for Rotary? And also have a significant effect on our goals of service.
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Ludwig Kalthoff
 √  Yes. Watch the European tv-series: the Blue Planet (BBC&ARD)
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Yasser Salah
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