Spread the Word

Let's Protect our Environments!

A big part of being an EcoMarine is to spread the word of what EcoMarines is all about which is….. protecting our local environments and wildlife by being conservation leaders! The last term of the year is all about celebrating your work as EcoMarines and promoting what we do to your school and greater community.

EcoMarines is a not-for-profit which means all the money we get goes straight back into our school programs! So we always need help with fundraising money. If your school wants too, you can celebrate Spread the Word with fundraising for us!

Spread the Word:
Activities & Competitions

For Spread the Word you have the opportunity to make a video based on the sustainability or environmental initiatives you are undertaking in your school.

We want you to have fun and be creative! Your video should educate and inspire your school community to make some changes and help protect our environment! The winning video will be announced at The Wave and win an exciting prize – a Bunnings voucher for your school to help with future environmental projects! We’ll also show the winning video video to other schools, share on our social media and add it to our website.

Step 1

Choose an initiative or event you want to make your video about e.g. recycling or waste-free lunches. Videos are a great way to spread your message and engage your community to create behaviour change!

Step 2

Recruit your video team! Do you have tech/drama teachers or other students that could help you spread your message? Ask them if they could help with this challenge and maybe they could star in your video as well (with permission). 

Step 3

Create your video… Make it engaging, exciting and educational! The video should be between 1-2 minutes in length and please wear your EcoMarines shirts. 

Step 4

Let your school know about it!

Play your video in assembly, put a link to the video in your schools e-newsletter, and/or put it on social media (remember to tag us!). 

And don’t forget to send your video to us using the form below! You can make the video at any time of the year, but it must be submitted in Term 4!

The winning video will be announced at The Wave in November. We will also play the winning video at the event and your school will win an exciting prize that will be announced soon!

We all know that students pay close attention to social media these days! Therefore, utilizing social media to spread information about conservation and looking after our environment is a great way to reach many people. 

EcoMarines has a Facebook and Instagram account with many community members following us and we bet your school also has a pretty good social media following too. So this challenge gives you the opportunity to be a social media eco-influencer! Create 3-4 posts about a certain eco topic and send it in to us to takeover the EcoMarines socials for a week!

Step 1

Sign up for the challenge by notifying the EcoMarines team. The team will then work with you to find out a particular time that you can take over the EcoMarines socials. 

All you have to do is create the content (main feed posts and stories), figure out when you want the posts to be published and in what order, then send it into EcoMarines and we will post it for you. You can then share the EcoMarines posts on your personal accounts and on your school socials (with permission) to ensure the greatest reach. 

Step 2

Meet with your EcoMarines Crew to come up with your social media takeover theme or topic. Perhaps you have a topic that is a current environmental issue in your school or community. Or, maybe you realize that students have lacking knowledge about a certain ecosystem or animal. 

The options are endless as long as the topic is about the environment, how we can help and is of course educational and informative. 

Step 3

Create your content! You can get as creative as you like with creating content. But remember, to spread your message, it is important to create main feed posts and corresponding stories. As a rule of thumb, main feed posts give the main point of the issue and stories posts can go into more or extra detail. Make sure the content has a good mix of pictures and words, fun and colourful elements and easy to understand language. 

We would like you to create 3-4 main feed posts and a few corresponding stories…. don’t forget captions to go along with the posts too! Here are some websites that can help you create aesthetically-pleasing and fun content:

Step 4

Send your content into the EcoMarines team! Don’t forget to tell us the posting schedule and what times you think we should post the content to reach the most amount of people. 

We will confirm the scheduling and remind you to share the content and we will also tag your school. If possible, ask your admin team if the school can post the same content on their socials too. 

Once the social media takeover is completed, the EcoMarines team will send through all the data of how your posts faired including reach, likes, shares and more! 

Need some inspiration? 

Check out the social media takeover posts below:

Brisbane Bayside State College EcoMarines 2021

St Columban's College EcoMarines 2021

Conservation Research Club

Do you have an interest in learning more about current and relevant environmental themes, why not start a book club dedicated to conservation research with your EcoMarines crew? You could look into environmental policies, scientific articles and other forms of conservation literature and discuss what you have learnt.

This is a great way to collectively learn about environmental issues in-depth and foster the growth of your students’ passions in protecting the environment!  

This challenge was inspired by the EcoMarines at Brisbane Bayside State School!

Step 1

Schedule a meeting with your ambassadors and support crew – anyone who is interested in discussing conservation research. 

Here are some questions to consider when planning these regular club meetings:

  • Who will decide on the literature to discuss? – perhaps a different student can choose a piece to discuss each time you meet up. 
  • How regular will the meetings be? Will they be held weekly/fortnightly/monthly? – this will depend on student workload and may fluctuate depending on the time of year.
  •  Will you provide other students with questions to answer relating to the literature or will a discussion suffice? 

Step 2

Conservation research is so vast and varied – there are so many topics you could cover. We have provided you with some relevant and interesting topics below that you could look into: 

Step 3

Hosting the Conservation Research Club! 

Send us photos of your Conservation Research Club meetings and let us know what types of topics you discuss! 

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