Energy is what we use to power everything, from our homes, to schools, to factories, to simple things like phones! The main reason to reduce energy is because producing energy creates carbon emissions in the atmosphere which adds to pollution. If we ensure we save energy, we can have better air quality which means less harmful emissions that can destroy our environments and habitats!

The best way forward in terms of reducing energy consumption is to get energy from natural resources such as solar power and wind power! Did you know that:


  • Australia has increased solar power by 50% from 2019

  • 21% of all energy produced comes from renewable sources - a good start

  • Queensland uses the highest amount of energy from renewable sources than any other state!


But, we need to start local - so doing things like switching lights off after using a room, keeping your air-conditioning at 24 degrees and using electrical items less make a big difference!



Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.

They are based at the mouth of the Brisbane river overlooking beautiful Moreton Bay (Quandamooka Country).

For this challenge, EcoMarines ambassadors and support crew can visit the Port of Brisbane for the Power of the Port excursion! Learn 

all about sediment, seagrass, mangroves, shorebirds, energy efficient buildings, operations of the port, and more!

STEP 1. 

Get in touch with our team if you are interested in this excursion! We will organise a date for the excursion with the Port of Brisbane. 

STEP 2. 

Once the date is set, get ready for some fun! Here are the important details:


Transportation: If you live within 1 hour drive from the The Port, they offer a complimentary bus service to pick you up and drop you back to the school! The bus fits 23 people so it is up to teachers to either fill the bus with 23 students or ensure there are empty seats between students to accommodate for COVID-safe practices. 

Location: 3 Port Central Avenue, Port of Brisbane 4178

Numbers: Max 23 guests 

Time: Approx 11 - 1.30pm. You can amend excursion times to suit your school schedule. Example outline: 

11am - arrive at port and start tour

12:15 - lunch break 

12:30 - work on PowerPoint presentation for your school assembly 

1:30 - depart back to school 

Students bring: 

  • Closed footwear

  • Packed lunch 

  • Clipboard and pen/pencil for taking notes

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Packed lunch and snacks 

Port will supply: 

  • Computer (to make PowerPoint presentation)

STEP 3. 

It's time to share what you learnt with the rest of your school! After the excursion we encourage you to present the presentation at assembly or film the presentation to share with other students. We also encourage you to do a write up an article for your school newsletter!

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Teachers bring: 

  • Things listed above

  • Packed lunch 

  • Phone or camera to take pictures during the tour to include in your assembly PowerPoint



Active School Travel

With Islamic College of Brisbane (Primary)

The EcoMarines and students at ICB took part in Brisbane City Councils' Active School Travel Program. This program is all about finding other ways to get to school rather than driving a car. You can carpool, walk, scooter or bike! Driving is a big energy consumer so active travel is a better and healthier way to go!