Tangalooma Ecomarines are volunteer students taking part in an environmental education program on Moreton Island.
The Ecomarines are ambassadors – they’re not just learning but also spreading a message back to their schools and communities, by taking photos and making movies.
Tangalooma EcoMarines is a non-profit, Brisbane-based organisation committed to the protection of local marine and wild life and proud associate custodians of Quandamooka Country.
The goal of EcoMarine ambassadors is to have a positive influence in their schools and local communities. They are acquiring environmental, communication and leadership skills and taking action across southeast Queensland, reducing plastics and litter in our waterways and contributing to long-term positive change for Moreton Bay.
Ecomarines complete a series of challenges to raise awareness about environmental issues. One of the most popular is the ‘Spread the Word’ challenge, where students either make a poster, take a photo and ask an adult to tag it on social media or Make a video message to share.
It’s one thing to tell kids about protecting the environment, but there’s nothing more effective than showing them just what it is they’re protecting.
The opportunity to ‘immerse’ yourself in the environment is what makes this project unlike any other.
There are currently 40 primary-and high-schools in the ecomarine ambassador program, as well as 200 early learning centres, but they’re always on the lookout for more keen and green students who want to join up.
Of course you don’t need to be an ecomarine to experience everything Moreton has to offer – Tangalooma has a range of day trip adventures, as well as accommodation options for extended stays.
Moreton Island is a special part of the world and if the ecomarines have their way, it’ll stay special for a long time to come!