Climate Crisis and Climate Justice (Aired on August 8, 2021)

Ugandan Climate Crisis activist Vanessa Nakate visits RadioRotary from Africa via Zoom for an essential account of how climate change has become a crisis, and about the need for Climate Justice. Her home nation of Uganda, in East Africa along Lake Victoria, has been ravaged by climate-induced floods in the east and west and climate-induced drought in the north. While major lakes in the western United States are drying up, Lake Victoria has risen to the highest level in 120 years, flooding homes and infrastructure along the shore. The same disasters that are injuring Uganda are occurring across the globe as well as fires in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Africa, which contributes only 3% of the atmospheric gases that are causing the Climate Crisis, is just as endangered as the Western nations, China, and Japan, which produce about half of the carbon dioxide and methane globally. Climate Justice is a movement to equalize the attempts are remediation.

Learn more:
Vanessa Nakate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanessa-Nakate-106155294113113
Vanessa Nakate at Rotary Convention 2020: https://rotarynewsonline.org/world-leaders-must-take-africas-climate-crisis-seriously-vanessa-nakate/
UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow 2021: https://ukcop26.org/
Rise Up: https://www.riseupmovementafrica.org/

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August 12, 2021 · Posted in Environment, Quality of Life, Rotary International, United Nations  

Mike Polasek, 7210 District Governor 2021-22 (Aired July 4, 2021)

The 2021-22 Governor for Rotary District 7210, the eight counties of the Mid-Hudson region, Mike Polasek, started his term on July 1, but like all District Governors he had two years of training for the becoming the administrative head of the district. Unlike many other new District Governors, however, he has been part of an active team of District leaders working together to improve the District. Past District Governors Cindie Kish (2019-20) and Tony Marmo (2020-21) developed plans for the activities and events together with DG Polasek, including the District Service Days, which take place each quarter. DG Polasek will lead service days on addiction prevention and recovery, food security, and the environment. This Rotary Year will see the return of many in-person events, starting with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and including the return to the Youth Exchange program admissions. Continuing programs include the Million Mask Challenge, End Polio Now, and ShelterBox.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Rotary Club of Lagrange: https://lagrangerotaryny.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/
Polio and Rotary: https://www.endpolio.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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World Famous Cary Institute in Millbrook (Aired on January 31, 2021)

Millbrook, NY, is home base for the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, although the scientists connected with the Institute may work anywhere that their studies take them. The Millbrook main building, situated on 2,000 acres of study sites and trails, was among the most ecosystem friendly when it was constructed in 1978, but now is out of date and in need of repair and renewal. On this program, Catherine Forbes, Director of Advancement for the Institute, describes what the construction is all about and also some of the Institutes programs.  Thirteen principal scientist work from the Institute, each with post-docs and technicians forming their teams as they investigate such topics of local interest as tick-borne diseases or the Hudson River ecology. Among the local benefits of having the Institute nearby are the many programs as each of the scientists (as well as visiting experts) provide free programs on their work. The Institute also provides summer educational programing for younger children and participates in Data Jam, which uses art to explain science.

Learn more:
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: https://www.caryinstitute.org/
Cary Institute on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaryInstitute/
The Tick Project: https://www.tickproject.org/
Northeast US Data Jam: https://sites.google.com/view/nes-lter-schoolyard-datajam/home

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February 6, 2021 · Posted in Environment  

A Zero Waste Sustainability Center (Aired on December 6, 2020)

Amelia Legare saw a red barn at Greig Farm in Red Hook and many possibilities for improving the environment. As a gardening instructor for an elementary school, she started with talking to farm-owner Norman Greig about starting a native-plant garden at the farm but soon a host of ideas for using local ingredients in household items, selling them in bulk to reduce use of plastic,
forming a community compost CGA, providing classes on environmental issues (and yoga), and more were not only conceived by implemented. Since the goal was sustainability with zero waste, the barn was converted into a bulk-goods emporium for household products and named “The O Zone,” for a place with zero negative impact on the environment. RadioRotary is delighted to bring new of Lagare’s vision and enterprise to a greater audience. Listen to the program to learn about the many ways The O Zone can improve both the environment and your life.

Learn more:
The O Zone: https://theozonehv.com/
Greig Farm: https://www.greigfarm.com/
Environmental Sustainability: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-is-sustainability-3157876
Native Plant Gardening: https://www.wildflower.org/learn/guide-native-plant-gardening
Community Composting: https://ilsr.org/composting/what-is-community-composting/

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December 21, 2020 · Posted in Environment, Quality of Life  

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