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How to set up a CLIMATE CHALLENGE Facebook group like a pro (or spring clean your settings)

If there is already a ‘Fight For Planet A’ or ‘Climate Challenge’ group in your region, jump on in and join them.

If not, let’s get cracking. 

Why? Well simply put, it’s a place to share local knowledge, share planet-loving hacks with your locals and it will help you grow, network and connect.

So let’s do this!
In 5 minutes we’ll show you how to go from zero to Facebook admin hero… Time starts now…

1: Create Group

On your computer, go to www.facebook.com/groups 

If you are prompted to log in, enter your username and password.

In the left hand menu, select ‘Create Group’.

On mobile, tap the three-lined “hamburger” menu in the bottom right, tap Groups, and ‘+ Create’.

2: name it

Name your group Our Climate Challenge – Faketown swapping out Faketown with your region.

We set up Our Climate Challenge – Ryde to cover the suburbs in our Local Government Area. Choose an area that is local enough for the advice and events to be relevant, but big enough that you can hear what’s going on beyond your front door.

Keep privacy as a ‘Public Group’ so that more people can see what is being posted in your group and may prompt them to join.  (But you can always change the privacy setting at a later date).

If you have a buddy that is going to help you run the group, you can add their name now. Otherwise we will invite members once the group is set up. Click Create.

3: Group settings

 In the left hand navigation you will see a lot of Admin Tools.

But first, let’s get the Group Settings right.

Click Settings in the left hand navigation.

PANEL: Set Up Group

In the Set Up Group panel, edit the following and save:

  • Name and Description: See tips for description below
  • Privacy: Public
  • Hide Group: Visible (so likeminded people can find it)
  • Location: Type in the suburbs or towns that this group covers

Click Save. 

Description: Write a short but engaging invitation for locals to join in. If you want to do get ideas from what others have done, click on their Facebook Group, then click on ‘About’.

Welcome to Our Climate Challenge [INSERT REGION NAME]

The aim of this group is to have a place to share local knowledge, planet-loving hacks and events specific to [INSERT REGION] so we can all jump in and do our bit where possible.

Please feel free to share anything you come across, ask questions and help to spread the Fight for Planet A!

Please remember that everyone is at a different stage of their carbon reduction journey. This is a supportive group, so always be kind and don’t ever shame. Open discussion is encouraged, but nastiness will not be tolerated.

So come on, let’s do this! Our planet needs us!
#FightForPlanetA
#OurClimateChallenge #ClimateChallenge[INSERT REGION]

4: Customise Group

Web Address: Right now the website URL contains lots of numbers like this, and looks a bit blah.

www.facebook.com/groups/749249235863405/

Once you update, your URL becomes more friendly.

www.facebook.com/groups/climatechallefaketown

You can also choose a pretty group colour. Green anyone?

The remaining settings should be good to keep as is, but have a little click through so you’re aware of the optiosn if you want to change anything later. 

5: Group Rules

In the left hand navigation, click Group Rules.

Our groups need to be supportive, and your rules can help set the tone and help prevent member conflict.

Facebook also provides a range of suggested rules:

  • Be kind and courteous
  • Respect Everyone’s Privacy
  • No Hate Speech or Bullying
  • No Promotions or Spam

You can use the default wording, or modify, or create your own.

6: Add group Cover photo

In the left hand menu, click Home.

You can now see your Group home page.

On the top ‘cover photo’, click the Camera EDIT button to change the top picture. You can upload a photo, and click save.

A lot of the Climate Challenge groups choose a beautiful photo that is iconic of the area they live in. 

If you want your cover photo to include text, there are lots of free templates you can use on Canva.

7: Write your first post

Time to create a short welcome message.

1. Create a Post

From your group home page, click in the ‘What’s on your mind’ field and type a short welcome message.

2. Choose background

Draw attention to your post wtih a background. Clicking on the squares will show you more backgrounds.

3. Add a feeling

Click ‘‘  then choose something that captures your mood, like motiviated, optimistic or excited.

4. Mark as announcement

Click Post. To make sure this post is pinned to the top of your group, click ‘‘  ‘Mark as announcement’

8: Invite members

Congrats! Your page is set up, setting all set and a welcoming message ready to greet your members.

Now all that’s left is to invite any likeminded locals. Click on the + Invite button and start adding friends who are interested in getting involved.

Once you have more members, you can also click on the Members tab  to grant ‘admin’ permissions if you want help moderating the group.

    What more do you want to know? Let us know and we’ll expand this article.

    Jo and Corina are two completely average members of their community in Ryde.

    In 2017 they took a War on Waste inspired journey by introducing simple ways to reduce the use of single-use plastics in their community. Now, with the help of the ABC they’re back to share the ‘hows’ of doing good for your ’hood with the Fight For Planet A and War on Waste Toolkit.

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