The COP26 Rotary Action

Co-operate to plant trees

Talking Point

Has your Club co-operated with young people to plant trees and have you
told your DEO?


What can a single Rotary club do when we live at a time of the climate crisis and what seems
the beginning of mass extinction of biodiversity? There are many answers to this question,
but here is one response from Chester le Street Rotary Club. They ordered a consignment
of small trees from the Woodland Trust and arranged to plant with the help of the local Boys
Brigade at Chester Moor Nature Reserve.
Saturday 20th November was a sunny but distinctly cool – a typical late autumn Durham
day. The planting location though was a pleasant surprise.

This site was formerly Chester South Moor Colliery, a deep mine which was closed only 34
years ago. It illustrates what can be done when the local community and council collaborate
to improve our surroundings and our planet.
What can a Rotary club with ageing membership do when faced with the task of tree-
planting? Simple. You engage and collaborate with local clubs for young people, who bring
their energy and enthusiasm to the task in hand. Our young people know about the dangers
of climate change and a potentially bleak future. They want to take action, and the task of
Rotary is to help organise such action.

From Paul Keeley

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