Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club

Past President Dwight Swisher speaks about climate change risks to Rotary objectives
Posted:  Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:15pm
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On Thursday, Feb. 1we had a small but dedicated turnout of members and a few significant others. The mood was jolly. President Jonathan Tindal gave the invocation and we enjoyed a fine supper of pork chops with penne salad. Rick Elder won the 50/50 big prize while Doug Harley won the $5 second prize. There were many supportive dollars donated for Chelsea who was “burned out” in the fire this week in Boothbay.

Past President Dwight Swisher spoke to the club about climate change, the limits to growth, and the weakness of social order that these forces are revealing. Rotary’s six goals of world peace, disease eradication, water – sanitation - hygiene, mothers and children, education, and growing local communities and Polio Plus all hinge on a stable world; and for a stable world, we need stable climate, all of which we beginning to lose.

Dwight pointed out the complex nature of all the factors that are driving the 2.5 million refugees and migrants that ascended on Europe in 2016-17. Climate change is a player, from the Arab Spring to the war in Syria … primarily drought and crop failures are a major factor. This current ‘trickle” only foretells of the tsunami of refuges that is expected in the next 10 and 30 years. Areas of concern are the many island nations like the Maldives that will be completely inundated. There are then the 15-30 million from Bangladesh; 50 million from Africa and the middle east that will be displaced either by coastal inundation or drought and agricultural failure. These stresses increase the chances of conflict, and war, only making matters worse.

Rotary’s six avenues of world service and the programs needed to deliver these services require stable populations and governments; but are all but impossible to deliver to populations on the move, in refugee camps, or effected by war.

In closing, Dwight pointed out that it is incumbent on us all to do our best to not be part of the problem, and part of the solution. He encouraged everyone to conserve energy and reducing our own personal carbon emissions, and to become advocates for effective state and national programs like the Simple Carbon Tax (aka carbon fee and dividend) as implemented in British Columbia, and now being considered in several states in the U.S.

He pointed out that the world now has all technology needed; and all the nations (except our current U.S. Administration) are committed to action. We must now turn commitment into actual process and progress. We only have about 20 years left in which to accomplish a near miracle; but it is within reach if we all make the effort. We owe it to those whom Rotary pledges to serve: our future generations; our children and grand-children.

Upcoming Events

* Feb. 8 meeting is our Annual Valentine’s Dinner. Great food, camaraderie, and music are on the menu.

* On Feb. 15, Dr. Steve Feder will speak about immunization and Polio.

To learn more about Rotary and about our Club and all the good things we do, visit our website: www.boothbayharborrotary.org, or "friend" us on Facebook. Prospective members, visiting Rotarians and guests are always welcome to join us at our weekly meetings, held Thursday nights at the new Rotary Clubhouse, 66 Montgomery Road in Boothbay Harbor. Conviviality commences around 6 p.m., dinner is served promptly at 6:30, and we then have a short business meeting followed by a special speaker. The evening ends at 8.

Event Dates: 
Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 03/08/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 03/15/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 03/22/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 03/29/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 04/05/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 04/12/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 04/26/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 05/03/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 05/24/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 06/07/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 06/14/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 06/28/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 07/05/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 08/23/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 08/30/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 09/06/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 09/13/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 09/27/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 10/11/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 10/25/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/22/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/29/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 12/06/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 12/13/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 12/20/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 12/27/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Address: 
66 Montgomery Road
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538