Griggs: ‘End Plastic Soup’ Exhibit At 2019 Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany

One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways:
This group caught my eye because one of the main concerns of my Rotary Club in Guatemala is dealing with the myriad pollution issues in Lake Atitlan, our home body of water. I spoke with the End Plastic Soup people about publishing their materials in Spanish (and other languages) and was told that they are working on this.
“The Baltic Sea Challenge” is a free, international network focused on protecting waters and open to all actors.
Current actions for the Baltic Sea include:
  • Reducing the nutrient load entering the Baltic Sea at the Kaunas, Lithuania, Wastewater Treatment Plant;
  • Lifelong learning programs for wastewater treatment operators in Estonia; and
  • Regional benchmarks for energy efficiency in wastewater treatment.
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Two Rotary Action Groups (RAG) in which I am interested had booths in the House of Friendship: WASRAG and ESRAG. WASRAG (Water and Sanitation) and ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability)
The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group is a group of Rotarians whose purpose is to support Rotary clubs to effectively plan, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, where they are most needed in a collaborative, cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner, true to the principles of Rotary.
The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group works for promoting ecological and food security and sustainably managing equitable access to natural resources address the root-causes of conflict, war and forced migration on our crowded planet.
Various companies were selling products that might appeal to the project needs of certain clubs. For example, Shelter Box had a display. One of their boxes includes a large tent (an example of which they had set up), blankets, groundsheets and mattresses solar-charged lights, blankets, water containers and purification equipment, tools, rope, tarpaulins, and cooking sets containing a range of sturdy utensils. We in Guatemala are familiar with Shelter Boxes, as our District 4250 provided some to people displaced by the 2018 eruption of Fuego Volcano.