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About Eco Clubs

WWF Koulussa is a website for pupil-led environmental action in schools. Students who want to implement sustainability into school practices may team up and form an Eco Club. Club members meet regularly, organize activities and make schools greener. Take action now and start an Eco Club in your school! 

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Saara Huhtinen / WWF
© Saara Huhtinen / WWF
Eco Clubs, Green Ambassadors, Environmental Agents, Green Teams ... pupils’ environmental groups have many names. The volunteer teams come up with ideas on how to make everyday life at the school more ecologically and socially sustainable, and put their ideas into practice. The team can also be a club or an action group under the student council.
Katja Nuorvala / WWF
© Katja Nuorvala / WWF
We consume three times more natural resources than is globally sustainable. If we want to continue to live on this planet, we must change our ways. A large number of pupils, teachers and other staff go to school every day, which is why schools can make big changes happen—and save money, too.
Lilli Pukka / WWF
© Lilli Pukka / WWF
“This year, our favourite activities were making posters, holding morning assemblies, using the loudspeaker, learning how much sugar different snacks contain, calculating the answers of the vegetable quiz and rushing to a meeting in the middle of the siesta.” – Environmental agents at the Latokartano Comprehensive School.
Antti Haavisto / WWF
© Antti Haavisto / WWF
Can you identify energy gluttons at your school? Do birds stay away from the school yard? How much food ends up as waste at your school? What needs to be changed at your school right now? Eco Club chooses the most urgent issues and organizes small or large-scale campaigns to solve them.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
© Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
Advertise the Club’s activities: on the school website and notice board, during morning assemblies, at parent nights, in the local newspaper, on social media... The more marketing methods and tools you have, the better you will get your message across.
Antti Haavisto / WWF
© Antti Haavisto / WWF
“The green team thinks up ways to make the world a better place. For example, how we could use natural resources sustainably and save energy for future generations. Thanks to the green team, the school has reduced its waste volumes and started recycling its waste.” Principal of Myllypuro Comprehensive School, Upper Stage.

Do you want to start an Eco Club in your school?

It is easy and rewarding to start reducing your school's ecological footprint. Entrusting students as much responsibility as they feel comfortable with and involving whole personnel are the keys to succes. This document will help you to get started:

Eco Club ABC

Sharing your day-to-day actions

On this website you are able to report your Eco Club's actions and learn what other teams are doing.  You can use Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to post photos and videos and, as a teacher, join the Opehuone group in Facebook to get more insight on actions.

By registering your team you will get better access to the WWF Koulussa website. After registration your team will be added to the school listing so other teams will find you. As a registered Eco Club you can post on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter using #wwfkoulussa hashtag and take part in Panda Challenges, which WWF organizes to activate environmental teams.

How to register

Registering is easy – just send an e-mail to WWF´s contact person. Before registering, discuss with your team and create a #hashtag for your group. You will later use this hashtag to tag all your Eco Club's reporting, photos and Panda Challenge actions.

Send an e-mail to hanna.seimola@wwf.fi including the following:

- name and postal address of your school

- name and #hashtag of your Eco Club

- name and contact details (e-mail) of Eco Club teacher in your school

- web address of your school and/or the Eco Club Blog

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Lilli Pukka / WWF
© Lilli Pukka / WWF
Eco Club members meet at least three times per semester, during breaks or lessons. The team makes an action plan at the start of the semester. The plan is put into practice, and the team’s achievements are assessed at the end of the semester. The teams document their work in pictures, videos or, for instance, blogs.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
© Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
Let’s motivate everyone at the school to participate—and the parents, too! The aim is to spread the message of how important it is to live sustainably, and to activate people to promote a sutainable lifestyle. This can be done in many ways. Choose your favourite and make environmental campaigning fun!
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
© Aki-Pekka Sinikoski / WWF
Collecting ideas from other pupils, opinion polls and interviews are an important part of the team’s activities. Eco Club works on the changes the pupils want to see happen.
WWF
© WWF
Each Eco Club has a teacher who supervises and supports their work, and the team can always turn to the teacher for help. The teacher acts as the point of contact between the team and other teachers and the principal, making sure that the team can work at the school. However, the teacher does not choose the activities. The pupils lead the Eco Club.
naturepl.com / Steve Kazlowski / WWF-Canon
© naturepl.com / Steve Kazlowski / WWF-Canon
Environmental protection requires money—as might the team’s activities—and pupils are advised to practice fund-raising and budgeting. Eco Club could, for instance, raise funds by recycling bottles or set up an online conservationist fund-raising campaign. However, there are also many activities that are free.
Alexandra Antell
© Alexandra Antell
When the team has achieved something exciting, it is time to celebrate. Eco Club should organize a fun get-together, such as an outing or a small party, at the end of each semester. Hard work feels more rewarding when you thank yourself and others afterwards. The outing is also a good chance to look back on the team’s successful projects during the year.

Panda Challenges  

Winner of the Energy Saving Panda Challenge has been found: #Langinkoskenkoulu introduced an exercise bike, which pupils may use during breaks to charge mobile phones. We found this to be a very innovative and fun example of energy saving… and good for you as well! Congratulations to #Langinkoskenkoulu students, Panda cotton bags have been posted to you!

Piuhat irti: Langinkosken koulu

Best ideas for Sustainable Christmas #jouluvinkki

WWF challenges Eco Clubs to invent ways to make Christmas more ecological. How can we celebrate with minimum harm caused to nature and to our environment? How can we, for example, decorate for Christmas, eat well and give presents in a more sustainable way? Use your imagination and share your idea with us! The Eco Club with the most innovative idea will be awarded with WWF Panda cotton bags. WWF Panda key rings will be raffled amongst all participant Eco Clubs.

How to enter

Your Eco Club needs to do the following to enter the challenge:

  • Create one idea of how you can make Christmas more sustainable at school or at home
  • Document your idea: take a video or a photo introducing the idea.
  • Post your photo or video on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube and add #pandahaaste (= panda challenge in Finnish) and #wwfkoulussa hashtags to the caption. Remember to also add your Eco Club's own hashtag so that your selfie can be traced. You can post several photos, if wanted.

You can also enter by e-mailing your photo to WWF (sanna.koskinen@wwf.fi)  

To take part in Panda Challenge your Eco Club must be registered on the WWF Koulussa website.

Challenge period

November 28th   – December 19th 

Some ideas for Eco Clubs 

WWF International Ideas for environmental learning projects

WWF Singapore "7 steps to climate change action e-guide"

Ideas from Eco Clubs in Finland:

You will find more ideas (in Finnish) in "Recycling Room" Kierrätyshuone 

Why not share your brilliant idea? You can do it by filling in this form and sending it to sanna.koskinen@wwf.fi

Check out Eco Clubs abroad

Eco Clubs are present in schools around the world. Here you can find some examples of WWF Eco Clubs for inspiration:

WWF UK Green Ambassadors

WWF Nepal Eco Clubs

WWF Pakistan Green Schools