Marine Debris Video Challenge

The Marine Debris Video Challenge is well worth checking out.
See how six high schools brought attention to the serious issue of rubbish in our waterways and ocean:

Newcastle City Council has partnered with Hunter Local Land Services to deliver an environmental learning program to six high schools within the Throsby catchment area. As part of the program, students were invited to enter a 20-second video commercial competition aimed at raising community awareness of actions to reduce litter pollution (marine debris) in our local waterways.

The following video by students of St Philips Christian College won the competition:

All eight video entries are now available to view on the Newcastle City Council YouTube channel.
The community was invited to view, vote and share videos through to Saturday 1 August 2015.

“This initiative is designed to help students understand the long-term environmental implications of litter on Throsby Creek and enlist their help in educating the community,” she said. “Their videos are impressive.”

Kristy Old from Council’s Waste Management Team said the student videos are well worth a look.
“Each of the eight entries illustrates the creative thought students have put into developing their video concepts,” she said. “The videos effectively convey an environmental message by using attention grabbing tactics such as humour, shock value and animation.”

Jenny Weingott with Hunter Local Land Services encouraged everyone to go online, view these fantastic student videos and vote before 1st August to help choose the finalists. “This initiative is designed to help students understand the long-term environmental implications of litter on Throsby Creek and enlist their help in educating the community,” she said. “Their videos are impressive.”

The three videos that received the most views during the 10 day voting period went on to be assessed by a panel of judges and the winning advertisement would then be professionally produced and aired on NBN TV throughout the month of August.

In June 2015, students were provided with a guided tour of the Carrington Mangroves followed by a practical marine debris monitoring exercise. The program was based on an education kit developed by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation which aligns with stage 4 and 5 science and HSIE outcomes in the Australian Curriculum.

The six participating schools are:

  • Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus
  • Hunter School of Performing Arts
  • Kotara High
  • Lambton High
  • St Philips Christian College
  • St Pius X

Key dates:

  • Voting closed on: 1 August 2015
  • Winning commercial on air: 9 – 29 August 2015

This project is funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority Better Waste and Recycling Fund and Local Land Services Hunter.

Sources:
Newcastle City Council