Find an Organisation
If you are a university student, finding a club or environmental group can be as easy as searching your school’s website. Most universities already have a sustainability board or an equivalent organisation. Even if you do not join, these groups are a great way to make suggestions to your school, like installing solar panels on campus through Planet Ark Power or using responsibly harvested timber in future construction.
Besides sustainability boards, most universities also have procurement boards that decide what products are used in campus facilities, making them the best way to convert your school to 100% Australian recycled paper or other Planet Ark endorsed products.
If you are looking for something a bit more grass roots, most institutions provide a directory of clubs and other student organisations just for this purpose. If you have questions that are not answered online, consider contacting your university’s student association or the contact provided for groups that peak your interest.
If you are a student in high school, ask the appropriate administrator that oversees student organisations, and remember, schools are a great way to get involved with National Tree Day.
Not all school and university groups are formally recognised or organised through the administration, so it never hurts to ask around.
Start a New Club
Starting a club appears simple on the surface, but it is wise to prepare for obstacles and distractions. One of the most important parts of any organisation are the core members that hold it together. These could be friends or classmates. Once a core group has been established it is wise to seek sponsorship and recognition from your academic institution, which could offer opportunities for resources and exposure. For university students this can often be done online, though it never hurts to contact a potential faculty sponsor in person.
As your group is getting off the ground, it is important to establish a central goal and potential projects that work towards that goal. Planet Ark’s three main interests are sustainable resource use, low carbon lifestyles, and connecting people with nature. These three ideas help guide our current campaigns and pave the way for new ones.
Once you have a core membership and guiding ideals, it is important to get to action, whether it is recruiting new members, increasing community education, or other projects. If you are not sure where to start, consider something easy, like organising activities for National Recycling Week or getting a Cartridges 4 Planet Ark box for your school; you only need to go through three cartridges a month to be eligible!
Be sure to check out the assortment of campaign-oriented reports on our research page. Educate yourself and pass your knowledge on to others!
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