Posted on Dec 19, 2020

As Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors, we are no stranger to working to make the world a better place together with likeminded people.
Now we are facing a brand new set of challenges, helping fix the environment and the future for us all.
Rotary International has risen to that challenge by declaring a new seventh Area Of Focus – “Protecting The Environment”
But how do we go about achieving this and where can we even start...?
The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) is thrilled to announce that Rotary International President Holger Knaack is teaming up with ESRAG on a film contest to showcase the wealth of ways Rotarians are striving to save the planet.

Share your "I Fix the Planet" story!

ESRAG is working to provide a platform for the Rotary family around the world to get engaged.

The challenge to our Rotary family is to create a video, ideally seventy (70) seconds long (but no more than 100 seconds), where you show us an environmental project you are working with, have worked with, or are planning to work with. 
Publish that video to the website, and when that is done, look around and see what your fellow Rotarians are doing. 
Then vote for the videos you like best.
Challenge your club members to do the same. Challenge everyone!
The more votes a video gets, the more people see and get inspired from our films, the more we will all help fix the planet with this competition. 
In three months time, a representative jury of the Rotary family will select a group of winners from the top voted.
The contest will generate a bumper crop of 70-second videos to inspire Rotarians, so we can hit the ground running all across the globe when RI’s new Protecting the Environment Area of Focus goes live July 1. You’ll be able to hunt through the films to find great stories to use with your own community, club, district, or region. 
How will it work?
Starting Jan. 1, 2021, you can upload a 70-100 second video to the website on the theme #IFixThePlanet.
While English is the common language judges will use, and the website also offers a way to add English subtitles so you can record in your own language if you prefer. 
Use your smart phone to tell people about an environmental project you’ve done, are doing, or plan to do, or simply share what you are doing personally to “fix the planet.“ Then, watch other people’s videos and vote for your favorites.  
Submissions and votes will be accepted through March 31.  A panel of Rotarians and Rotaractors will then select seven winners from the top People’s Choice vote getters, and those seven will win a Zoom conference with RI President Holger. The top three will win a “social good” prize donated to an approved Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact project of their choice.
Check out RI President Holger's irresistible video of his own inviting YOU to share your project.
The contest is the brainchild of ESRAG Europe member Ludwig Kalthoff and is generously sponsored by PI President Holger Knaack. Heartfelt thanks and cheers to the implementation team: ESRAG Europe Chapter members Klas Holmlund, Ingrid Hesser, Gunnar Akeblom, and Felix Rodenjohann, Rob Anderson of ESRAG’s Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Chapter (ANZPI), and Leonie Böker and the team from The Climate Task Force.  
Visit for more information on the contest.