What step will you take?

Run by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, at Monash University, Take One Step is a pledge initiative to inspire action and leadership for a better world.

We believe individual action can lead to collective change

Sign up to the challenge to make an SDG-inspired change in your life –an action or pledge to live more sustainably– and make a difference to issues like climate change, consumption and equality.

Show us how you’re making change, join likeminded people and share your progress with the community in the form of stories or pictures.


The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in 2015, are a shared global framework of development priorities to 2030, signed onto by all world governments, which aims to end poverty, promote wellbeing, fight inequalities and address climate change. The 17 goals and 169 targets reflect an ambitious commitment to transform our world for the better by 2030. All groups and communities, all the way to business and international bodies, are taking action.

But what can one individual do, to change anything, regarding these goals? A lot actually. It’s in everyone’s power to start by changing ONE habit in their lives. Your action can make a difference, whether it's in business, in politics or in your own life. When we come together with combined actions across the world on ending poverty or achieving gender equality, they can add up to more than the sum of their parts.

Simply think about something you've always wanted to do to make the world a better place. Just one. And commit to it for the next week, month or year. Join the movement and take up the challenge today.


Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing

Target 3.5: Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

Step: Be safe on the road and don’t text, tweet or snapchat and drive

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Target 5.B: Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women 

Step: Teach a relative or friend to code or use social media

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Target 14.1: Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds

Step: Go to the beach and pick up any pieces of plastic or rubbish you see

What others are doing

Go vegetarian, take a cold shower, donate your time with a charity or teach someone a new skill. No matter what action you take, every small step makes a big difference in a world that needs positive change.

How it all works

Sign up to Take One Step to start the challenge, read up on articles, take quizzes and connect with others
Create your first pledge and select an SDG that aligns most closely with your action
Share how you’re progressing with photos, videos or words - show us how you’ve been busy!
Green Steps @ Monash is a student leadership program based at Monash Sustainable Development Institute. This year we’re encouraging applicants to become change agents by committing to a sustainability action in their life. Post a pledge and then head over to the Green Steps page to apply for one of 25 places on the program.