Our presenter for today was Alan Anderson.   Alan got his degree in Wildlife Management from Oregon State, ran a small business and then spent the rest of his work life as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America.  After retiring in 2012 he started working on climate issues and giving public education talks. His motivation was and is his five grandchildren.  Alan has been a Rotarian for many years and is the program co-chair for his Northfield Club of 130 members.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Rotary International’s Environmental Sustainability Action Group, and he started a Rotary Climate Action Team in his club.  He has presented on climate change to 34 Rotary clubs in his area, as well as to many other church, school, business, fraternal and senior organizations. The Rotary Climate Action Team Network is a non-binding group of Rotary clubs undertaking service projects across all Rotary Areas of Focus with the intention of addressing the climate crisis aggressively for the tens of thousands of people we serve across the world, as well as our local communities and our families.
For many years, Rotary humanitarian efforts have had six areas of focus: Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Clean water, Sanitation and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Growing local economies.  Recently, Rotary has added Supporting the Environment as a seventh area of focus.  This was done with the realization that the success of other six areas of focus depends on a healthy environment.   Rotary has two groups supporting this new area of focus.  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) addresses the broad topic of environmental protection while Rotary Climate Action Team Network supports the creation of Action Teams at the club level.
The primary threat to the environment is the acceleration of the “greenhouse effect” caused by the accumulation of excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.  Carbon dioxide traps the radiant energy from the sun and makes life on earth possible.  The amount of carbon dioxide is critical, however, to keep the atmosphere at the proper temperature.  Higher than ideal concentration leads to an increase in average global temperature that will last for centuries.  Polar ice cap and glacial melting have already increased sea levels and, if global temperature continues to increase, the projected rise in sea levels will take a huge human and financial toll. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has already increased by 50% since the 1970’s and is expected to continue to increase if we fail to stop it. 
The good news:
 - 195 countries have committed to reduce CO2 emissions (Paris ’15). 
 - Alternative energy sources have become mainstream and have become much cheaper.
 - Many energy companies have committed to carbon free electricity by 2050.
 - Auto makers are shifting to all-electric lineups.
We can help by doing some or all of the following:
 - Start a Rotary Climate Action Team in your club.
 - Join the free non-partisan Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
Click here to download the handout Alan uses for in-person talks.
Contact Alan:  luckyduck49@gmail.com
MaryAnn Bawden’s husband, Gary, has passed on after a ten year battle with Parkinson’s disease.  The obituary can be found at https://www.strikelifetributes.com/2022/03/in-memory-of-pastor-gary-bawden/.  To allow members to attend Tuesday’s memorial service, NEXT WEEK’S MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY THE 16TH, 11AM, AT THE EXCHANGE.