For many years, Rotary has had six areas of focus—the causes that we support. Now there will be a seventh—Supporting the Environment.

The decision to add this new cause was approved unanimously in June, both by the Trustees and the RI Board

Many environmental projects are already supported by the Foundation, especially since the decision in April last year to add environmental elements within the existing areas of focus. However, on 1 July 2021, when the Foundation begins accepting grant applications targeting the new area of focus, Rotary members will have even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.   One of the Rotary leaders who played a pivotal role in adding this seventh area of focus was Trustee and Past RI President Ian Riseley, from the Rotary Club of Sandringham in Victoria. He chairs the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus, and says:“As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organisation has recognised that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity. This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”Details about this new cause are being defined and will be discussed at the October meeting of Trustees.