Daily Life

Here at CoralWatch we want to try and provide a broad picture for all you environmentally friendly people out there. Not only are we looking to conserve our coral reefs but we also want to show what else can be done. We probably can't stop global warming, but we can try and slow it down by reducing our carbon emissions - turning off appliances, cycling or walking more, using less power.  We would like to give you some ideas that everyone can do; whether you are a student, a parent, even a politician, everybody can take their part.

Energy Meter

Solar Panels

Dry Clothes On The Line

Look For Energy Ratings On Appliances

Sustainable Shopping Bag

Use A Compost Bin

Take Public Transportation

Own A Fuel Efficient Car

Ride Your Bike To Work Or School

Be energy efficient    

  • Turn off lights and appliances not in use
  • Pull plugs from the wall
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Dry clothes on the line
  • Turn down your water heater thermostat
  • Don’t work at night
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Switch to accredited Greenpower
  • Support renewable energy sourced from the sun, wind, water and waste
  • Get wood from a sustainable source
  • Install gas or solar water heating
  • Insulate your home

Don’t waste it

  • Reduce or refuse plastic bags
  • Avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Eat what you buy
  • Use green cleaning products
  • Be water efficient
  • Print on both sides of the page
  • Put a No Junk Mail sticker on your letterbox
  • Compost your food scraps
  • Get a worm farm
  • Have a garage sale
  • Buy second-hand or borrow from a friend
  • Avoid products with excessive packaging

Travel smarter

  • Replace short car trips with a walk or bike ride
  • Keep your car tires inflated
  • For longer trips use public transport or car pool
  • Offset your flights
  • Buy a fuel-efficient car
  • Work from home
  • Buy locally to reduce shipping-related emissions
  • Coordinate travel with your neighbours and workmates
  • Holiday locally

Plant A Tree

Install A Rain Water Tank

Attend Green Festivals

Bushcare Group

Look For Eco Friendly Labels

Beach Clean Up In Malaysia

Marine Monitoring

Shop Locally

Visit A Museum

Improve local habitats

  • Take shorter showers
  • Fix dripping taps
  • Keep your pets inside at night to reduce impacts on wildlife
  • Weed regularly and mulch your garden
  • Plant a tree, a vegetable garden, a forest
  • Participate in clean up days and campaigns
  • Promote wildlife corridors for connectivity
  • Use water wisely - install a rain tank
  • Protect threatened species and ecosystems
  • Donate time and money towards conservation
  • Join or start a Bushcare, Landcare or Coastcare volunteer group

Get informed

  • Visit your local reef, forest, river or park
  • Go to the museum, botanical gardens or zoo
  • Check out the local library
  • Search the internet
  • Talk to other people
  • Read labels on products
  • Contact a local group or your council about climate or conservation programs

Celebrate success

  • Enjoy bushwalks, home-grown veggies,clean air, rubbish-free parks
  • Participate in ‘green’ festivals
  • Set up a blog about recent scientific discoveries
  • Tell an inspiring story to a friend or local newspaper
  • Spend the money you save from reduced electricity and fuel use
  • Run an awards event
  • Give away money or prizes for the best carbon-friendly ideas

You don't have to access the reef to be able to help protect it!