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March Action of the Month – Leave Us In The Dark!

Let’s leave everyone in the dark for our March Action of the Month and switch it off for Earth Hour 2018.

Millions of people around the world take part in Earth Hour every year, but with 2018 being the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR) it’s more important than ever to remind people how their energy use impacts on our reefs and oceans.

Climate change has been recognised as the greatest threat to the long-term health of reefs around the world.

Turning off our lights for Earth Hour not only shows the huge impact we can have when we all take just a small step to reduce our energy usage, it also reminds us of the actions we can take every day to help reduce global warming.

So join RCA and millions of others and switch off your lights from 8.30 – 9.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday 24th March.

And please don’t forget to share it will your followers on social media, using the hashtags #ReefCheckAustralia #EarthHour #IYOR2018 #Connect2Earth.

Earth Hour is an amazing display of solidarity in climate action. Everyday we can each commit to an action that reduces our climate footprint.

Take the first step and try an environmental footprint calculator to estimate your footprint. Then check out RCA’s “Help From Home” tips for simple tips to reduce your footprint.



Catch Up On Previous Actions

February 2018 Action

Help Reef Check Australia celebrate Valentines Day by taking a few moments to tell us (and everyone else) about an Australian reef that you love.

Let's let everyone know that our reefs and oceans need to be loved and cared for just like we all do!

Just share a photo and a little info about the reef you've chosen on your Instagram or Facebook pages and tag @reefcheckaustralia in the photo.

Let us know where the reef is and why you love it. And don't forget to use hashtags! We recommend #happyvalentinesday #lovethereef #IYOR2018 #reefcheckaustralia.

We're always looking for new sites to survey (and fall in love with) and it might just be that your local reef isn't on our radar yet.

But more importantly, even it's a site we know about or are already monitoring, your friends and followers on social media may not be aware of the amazing marine environment they have right on their doorstep.


Janary 2018 Action

We'd love you to take a few minutes to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in January 2018, to make sure people in your area know about IYOR and how they can help. You can use our template, or you can write your own if you prefer.

Letters to the editor are a great way of reaching people. To give your letter the best chance of being published keep it short and to the point and follow the guidelines below:

  • Keep your letter under 300 words and make clear and simple points.
  • Add your name, address, email and a contact phone number to the bottom of the letter (they won't publish these but they do need them to accept your submission)
  • Put "Letter to the Editor: International Year of the Reef" in the subject line
  • Visit www.newspapers.com.au and enter your town for a list of your local newspapers
  • Look up the email address for sending letters in to your local paper (if you can't find them, please email support@reefcheckaustralia.org and let us know your local paper and we'll help you!)
  • Send and educate!

Please feel free to tweak our suggested letter to make it more locally relevant.


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