Do you know, 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by Oceans? Or that Ocean’s produce more than 50% of the planet’s oxygen with marine plants, algae and whales playing the important role in creating the oxygen as well as capturing more than 30% of the …
June 5 is celebrated every year as the World Environment Day, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares, …
On 29th of May, members of our club took part together with members of Rotary Scheveningen in the fundraiser organized by Schappelijk.
The Social Shop Schappelijk offers extra help for the residents of Scheveningen, who find themselves in a delicate financial situation. Therefore, people who have insufficient income for meeting the basic needs and who appeal to the Food Bank in the Netherlands, receive a weekly food package as a help. However, Schappelijk does something extra and offers the possibility for these people to actually choose for themselves, what they want to ‘buy’.
Members of Rotaract Scheveningen, Rotary Scheveningen and Schappelijk were placed at three different supermarkets in Scheveningen. Throughout the day, with the help of residents, no less than 200 crates of non-perishable products were collected and donated!
We would like to thank everyone who took part in this activity and donated!
During April and May our club have been visiting children’s community centre “De Kroko Kinderclub”, located in one of the remote neighborhoods of the Hague. Bi-weekly this centre welcomes children from different backgrounds to have access to creative and sport activities. Together with the kids …
On May 20th, members of our club and guests attended in the first of our Peace series webinars, which was devoted to the topic “Iran Nuclear Deal: Past, Present, Future”. This webinar featured a high-level speaker, Joakim Vaverka, who serves as the Deputy Director of …
Biodiversity in simple words means the enormous variety of life on Earth. Biodiversity refers to every living thing, including plants, bacteria, animals, and humans. Scientists have estimated that there are around 8.7 million species of plants and animals in existence. However, only around 1.2 million species have been identified and described so far, most of which are insects. This means that millions of other organisms remain a complete mystery.
The United Nations proclaimed 22 May as the “International Day for Biological Diversity (Biodiversity Day)” to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity Day 2021 is a call to action for biodiversity.
The slogan for this year is: “We’re part of the solution”. The slogan was chosen to be continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.
With biodiversity declining at an unprecedented rate and resources being depleted faster than nature can replenish, it is of paramount importance that we all work towards reversing the biodiversity loss. This is the need of the hour in order for human well-being and sustainable development. Everybody has a part to play and we all need to be part of the movement for change.
Find out more at:
- Biodiversity Day 2021 website: https://www.cbd.int/biodiversity-day
- UN Biodiversity Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/biological-diversity-day
- Biodiversity and Nature: https://www.cbd.int/idb/image/2021/activities/idb-2021-biodiversity-nature.pdf
- 52 tips for biodiversity: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/info/pubs/docs/brochures/biodiversity_tips/en.pdf
On 19th April, we organized a burn-out awareness webinar, with the stress and burn-out coach Daniel Smit as a speaker. We learned, for example, how important it is to recognize the exhaustion on an early stage. The longer time one is overloaded, the more severe …
On April 3rd, the day before Easter, our club members were invited to one of The Hague elderly houses. Sammersbrug has a department for patients with dementia. Our members were happy to help and brighten up the day of the residents with cheerful drawings on their common room windows. Since the Easter was around the corner, the drawings were mostly themed with Easter eggs, bunnies and lots of spring flowers.
Of course we took all necessary precautions in relation to COVID-19. Our members wore masks and didn’t go inside the building.
Few of the members also brought some baked goods that were passed to the nurses and the patients.
On 30th of March, as part of Rotary Kijkduin’s march for Climate program, Rotaract Scheveningen and friends participated in a discussion with Youth For Climate; to discuss what can be done, what has been done and where we go from here. It is important to …