Rotary International magazine features CCL
By Flannery Winchester
“Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action.” That’s the message in this month’s issue of The Rotarian, a magazine published by Rotary International for its members in Rotary Clubs in the United States. The April 2019 issue, called “Climate Solutions Within Our Reach,” features six articles addressing the issue of climate change.
One of the stories profiles Citizens’ Climate Lobby and our founder, Marshall Saunders, a longtime Rotarian. Here’s an excerpt:
Marshall Saunders’ life would make a thrilling movie. A Texas native, he enjoyed a successful career as a real estate broker. But prior to that, he worked as a smokejumper in the Pacific Northwest and did a stint in the U.S. Navy. That was when, on a mission to Haiti, he saw extreme poverty for the first time.
In 2006, Marshall Saunders went to see Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, which documented the threat of climate change. “I thought, ‘Holy socks!’” Saunders recalls. “A week later I went back to see it a second time, and it was ‘holy socks!’ all over again. I saw it a third time with friends — which made three times in 10 days.”
Saunders — who had devoted so much of his energy and wealth to humanitarian work — was shocked into action.
Are you looking for fellow Rotarians, or members of the Rotary family who also actively engage with these issues? It’s a great time to connect, given this invitation to a deeper conversation about the issue of climate change.
For non-Rotarians who need some tips on how to engage with Rotary and other service organizations, you can watch this presentation from Karen Kendrick-Hands, who shares valuable insights.
Karen leads the CCL Rotary/Service Club Action Team along with Merrill Glustrom and Peter Garrett. If you are a member of a Rotary Club or another service organization, be sure to join that team for ongoing outreach ideas and support.