Action of the month

2018 is the Third International Year of the Reef (IYOR). A time to act. Each month throughout 2018, Reef Check Australia will suggest an action you can take to help our reefs.


Some of these actions will be more involved than others, so check out the suggestions below and pick which ones you can do. We can all do something – and the time to act is now.

 

August Action - Become a Virtual Diver!

Our August action gives you the chance to be a reef surveyor - from your living room!

Reef Check Australia is part of an amazing new initiative to gather information on the Great Barrier Reef - and you can be part of it too. 

The Virtual Reef Diver project lets you become a virtual diver to help classify Reef images to contribute to coral cover models for the Great Barrier Reef.

Take citizen science action this month! 

 

CATCH UP ON PREVIOUS ACTIONS

 

July Action - Plastic Free July

Happy Plastic Free July! Your mission for the month, should you choose to accept it, is to avoid all single use plastic for the month. 

Download our free Ocean Action Kit, full of helpful tips and reminders to make things easy. 

Fill out the plastics quiz to find out where you are currently doing well and not so well!

Last step - Just do it! Ditch the plastic, share this with your friends on social media and ask them all to do the same. We really can make a world of difference!

 

 

 

 

June Action - Pledge For Our Oceans

Let's share our love of the oceans and show the world how easy it is to make a difference! 

Our Action of the Month for June is all about conservation pledges. Choose a pledge- something you DON'T already do, but will be able to achieve and do everything you can to uphold that pledge for the month of June (and beyond!). Prove you are upholding your pledge- this can be done via a photo (i.e. you using your keep cup, or sitting in rather than using a throw away cup), and share your amazing effort at upholding your pledge with us via your social media channels. 

Are you up for the challenge?

 

 

 

May 2018 – Pay It Forward!

Inspired by our amazing Reef Ambassador Tanya Kenyon, who decided to hold a raffle to raise funds, in part for Reef Check Australia to “Pay It Forward” for her scholarship from the Layne Beachley Foundation, our suggestion action for May is to find a way to pay it forward while helping the marine environment. You could take your neighbour’s children to school along with your own to help them reduce fuel emissions, or maybe buy your mum a plastic shopping bag so she’s ready to ditch single use plastic bags! Whatever you do, make sure you tell them why you’re doing it and tell them to pay it forward too.

 

April Action - Check in on your plastic use

Sunday 22nd April was Earth Day, and this year it focused on one of the biggest issues facing the environment today – plastic pollution.

In every square kilometre of ocean it is estimated that there are 18,000 pieces of plastic, with over 11 billion pieces of plastic debris on coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region alone. Every piece of plastic has potential for devastating effects on our environment, wildlife an even our food chain.

Our suggestion April Action is to visit the Earth Day Plastic Calendar and find out exactly how much plastic you use each year. Then use the Plastic Pollution footprint tracker and reduction plan to start reducing your single use plastic consumption. 

 

 

March Action - Switch Off

We switched off for Earth hour on March 24, along with 30,000 others who signed up to participate.

As part of the third International Year of the Reef, 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.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 estimate your environmental footprint, then check out our simple tips to start reducing your footprint

 

 

February 2018 – Help Us Find a New Love!

Help us celebrate Valentines Day by taking a few moments to tell us (and everyone else) about an Australia Reef that you love. Share a photo and a little info about the reef you’ve chosen and tag @reefcheckaustralia in the photo.

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

We’re always looking for new sites to survey and it might be that your local reef isn’t on our radar yet. Plus you can let your friends and followers about the amazing marine environment on their doorstep.

 

 

January 2018 – Letter to the Editor

We’d love you to take a few minutes to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and make sure people in your area know about IYOR and how they can help. Use our template if you like!

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 your 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.