For Alan Anderson of Northfield, MN, retirement didn’t signify the end of his working days. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to look toward the future of his community.
“The earth is heating up. I think that the situation is far more dire than most people appreciate. If we want to preserve a livable world, we need people doing a whole lot more to bring down emissions.” says Anderson.
With these aspirations in tow, Anderson and two fellow Rotarians kicked-off a Climate Action Team within their local Rotary Club. What started as three people in 2017, has blossomed into a 22 person effort. Among the group’s many achievements, Anderson is especially proud of partnering with the city of Northfield to install two electric vehicle charging stations and inspiring the launch of some 200 similar Rotary climate action teams across the world.
While Anderson’s team is working to prevent earth-altering climate change, he says their approach is a bit smaller-scale.