ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

R. EURAL BAPTISTE, MJF

DISTRICT CHAIR

region 2

Antigua

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(268) 725 8201

CEBERT ROYAL

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 1

Porus

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(876) 774-1409

HYACINTH JEREMIAH

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 3

St.George’s

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(473) 404-1569

CHRISTIAN FRATER

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

region 3

St.Andrew

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(876) 863-7890


ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

LIONISTIC YEAR 2019 – 2020

We live in a space that is prone to natural disasters each year. Some arears are harder hit that others. However, we have all felt the impact of the devastating effects of the annual hurricane seasons in one way or the other.

As Lions we need to always be prepared to spring into action wherever and whenever the need arises. There is the issue of proper solid waste management and it’s far reaching implications for the countries within our District. In Jamaica alone, 8,657 tonnes of solid waste is produced per day according to the National Environment and Planning Agency. Improper management of waste leads to a decline in air quality, water quality, ozone layer integrity and potentially to disease outbreaks. The issue of plastic disposal has taken centre stage in recent years and momentum is growing worldwide regarding support for recycling initiatives. Many of our respective Governments have agreed to various treaties in the establishment of green-space. Some have already implemented the banning of plastic bags. Just to name a few. As the world’s largest service club organisation, with environmental conservation as a core area of focus, Lions should be leading this charge within our respective nations. We should also be encouraging creative beautification of our environment. Identify and / or establish recognisable green space.

Objectives

That at the end of the Lionistic year:

  1. Each Region through their respective Zones develop an action plan to be rolled out once there is a natural disaster in the area.

  2. Each Club should own the task of making their name relevant in their local recycling conversations. That is, seek out your country’s recycling companies and engage them in doing a partnership project which should be of significant impact and create greater visibility for the clubs.

  3. Each Club should own the task of making their name relevant in their local recycling conversations. That is, seek out your country’s recycling companies and engage them in doing a partnership project which should be of significant impact and create greater visibility for the clubs.

  4. Region and Zone Leaders must support their Clubs in forging partnerships with corporate entities concerning environmental conservation initiatives. Not just do a beach cleanup. Seek to identify a sizable space, (a round about, an area in a village or town, or both,) designate this your Club’s green space. Be responsible for its up-keep and maintenance. The larger your country the greater should be this space.

  5. Region and Zone Leaders must support their respective Clubs in forging relationships with schools within their communities, with programs geared towards branding and offering greater visibility.

    Create an initiative with the local schools in your areas, create a competition within the schools, to create a green space in each school and offer prizes for the best ones.

  6. The District, Region & Zone Leaders should unite their Clubs in a pledge of support for “GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY”. This being recognized officially as a United Nations Day; Lions should be the first volunteer group in support of this mission.

  7. Clubs across the district are encouraged to implement a “LIONS RECYCLE” sticker initiative.

Strategies

  1. Social media posts (frequently tag relevant companies/agent and groups).
  2. Flyers/print media/broadcast media.
  3. Let your Lions logo/vest be seen regularly at collection depots (assign Lion with appropriate vehicle to sometimes drop off our collected plastic bottles directly at depot after our projects; strengthen association between Lions and recycling/build relationships with recyclers).
  4. Host recycling companies/waste management companies, etc. at social meetings.
  5. Host essay competitions (get your club name and lions logo in the media).
  6. Each Zone should spearhead a school-based recycling competition, transforming solid waste into art (plastic bottles, cardboard & paper). Partner with recycling companies/local artists for workshops/judging (build relationships; other future mutual benefits).
  7. Social media pledges/ posts in support of “Global Recycling Day". District & clubs should follow @GLOBALRECYCLINGDAY on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
  8. Clubs can print stickers to give/ sell to their members, saying “Lions Recycle” (comprising of the captioned text, recycling symbol & Lions logo) for placement on their cars/ personal belongings (folders, laptops, thermoses, etc.), notice boards at Lion-linked schools. Stickers will increase recognition of our logo in society and strengthen association between our Movement and the recycling movement.

Reporting

All Clubs must report to the Zone Chairperson on its activities in these areas.

Reward and Recognition

District Team will recognise the efforts of all Clubs which executes activities in the area of Disaster Management, Environment and Climate Change.

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