It gave me more insight to the high level of professionalism of Rotary International and its leaders. I learned about our connections with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. We really can DREAM BIG AND our vision is realistic and being achieved every day:
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves."
I registered for the Meet and Greet with Presidents Holger Knack, Shekhar Mehta and Jennifer Jones and found all of them to be inspiring, authentic and committed to the Vision.
To be focused on the Environment and Peace as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion shows Rotary to be open and progressive.
The most impactful session was "Rise-up Movement" presented by Vanessa from Kumpula, Uganda. She is quite young and spoke passionately about the effects on her continent of climate change and the exploitation of fossil fuel development. Africa is one of the lowest emitters but they feel some of the highest impact on their way of life.
"We need to stop talking and take action. International news does not report the devastation the way they cover the wildfires in Australia and Africa." As she said: "We cannot eat coal and we cannot drink oil.