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Kelly Machin
Indigenous knowledges continue to be marginalised in the broader Australian community. In a time of grave ecological crisis with threatening mega wildfires and other environmental disasters, we should be engaging in knowledges that have been an integral part of the Australian landscape for at least 65,000 years. I pledge to increase my engagement with local Indigenous knowledges by attending local Indigenous led workshops and getting to know Indigenous plant and animal species that are native to my local area.
Chi Ngo
Be aware of what you do. Be aware of your actions. Don't do it if it's not right. Be aware when cycling on the road. Be aware as you know you can't hear the car horn when using earphones. (SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing) Be aware when taking a piece of plastic back home. Be aware as you know plastics never break down and even if you dump them to the garbage bin. It will end up sitting somewhere not your home but somewhere on earth. (SDG 13: Climate action) Be aware. You know you can do better because you don't hide your eyes, do you? I know we can do better because we can be more aware.
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Jenny Krohn
I love so close to my local shops that I really want to stop driving to get groceries. It’s been hard with the stage 4 restrictions, but now that things are easing I can take more time. To my shops and back is only a 3km round trip, so I plan to start doing that and not give in to the temptation of the car. It will take time to rebuild my fitness to that point.
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Jenny Krohn
I love so close to my local shops that I really want to stop driving to get groceries. It’s been hard with the stage 4 restrictions, but now that things are easing I can take more time. To my shops and back is only a 3km round trip, so I plan to start doing that and not give in to the temptation of the car. It will take time to rebuild my fitness to that point.
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Elysee Lee
Once covid is over, I'd love to get out into the world to lend a helping hand in wildlife protection and conservation efforts. I hope to contribute in whatever way I can and gain valuable insight from these experiences.
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Elysee Lee
Shop second hand as much as possible. When buying new, buy from sustainable and ethical (not greenwashed!) brands.
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Elysee Lee
To avoid having to throw out old food, I will only buy as much produce as I know I will be able to consume before they go bad. For food scraps, I will commit to composting.
Dechen Tenzing
I love art, and I am keenly aware of the need to get the world on a path towards sustainability. I intend to hold an online art exhibition atleast by the end of the year. I have some ideas...will be exploring more in the summer break! The point being..we need to show and help everyone understand the unsustainability of life as "usual". In fact our lifestyles are highly unusual from even 40 years ago! Where did we go wrong, how can we wake up everyone from the state of what I would call a zombiefied existence of consumption? How do we "educate, agitate and organise" people in engaging and a relevant manner? Those are the thoughts that constantly drive me. [Photo by James Garman on Unsplash]
Christian Lim
People are often ignorant of how much we rely on the life and resources of the natural world to sustain our lifestyles. And even worse is how people overlook the long term impacts of their negligent actions on the world. If I wish to inspire others or hold them accountable, I must work on my actions first. For this, I will pick up trash I see when I go on walks as well as selecting more ethically and fairly sourced products to ensure no people or creatures are unnecessarily harmed or put at risk.
Yerusalem Azage
Coffee is a daily fixture in a majority of our lives. Especially living in Melbourne, cafes and brunch spots are an almost daily visit. The use of paper coffee cups means that there is more waste and it has detrimental effects on the environment due to the fact that it is usually unable to be recycled properly due to the plastic and liquid inside. By ensuring that the excessive reliance on paper coffee cups is dealt with, we are able to fight pollution and the excess production of CO2.
Kathleen Turnbull
Fast fashion contributes 8% of the world's carbon emissions, uses 10-20% of the world's pesticides, perpetuates gender inequality and labour rights abuses, and largely ends up in landfill. I am currently learning to sew, so that in 2021, I can go all year without making a new clothing purchase.
Inna Wilson
To align with Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, I will be using a menstrual cup every cycle leaving the single use tampons and pads behind. My goal is to not use a single disposable hygiene product for a year. This cup is washable and lasts 10 years! Given that women make up half of our population and on average require 7 tampons per cycle per month, switching to this alternative promotes reuse and significantly reduces landfill!
Rupali Aparajita
Educating primary school kids 8-10 years old about protecting endangered flora species in Victoria.
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Shiza Tahir
How many times have you disposed heaps and heaps of "used" paper while clearing off your work desk? Some are completely bare except for the stick figure doodle you did on the edge in the middle of your zoom lecture,wondering when you will be back on campus.What about those papers which are drowning in ink because you "had" to take notes during another recorded lecture yet can never find them before a revision session for your upcoming test and they magically only reappear when you clean your room,you half heartedly dumping them in the bin with all your pretty cursives wasted! Well ,if this is the case then welcome to my "take one step" initiative where I will be introducing you to the wondrous world of online note taking a.k.a e-notes so you don't have to dispose of any paper nor kill the lovely trees that do the planet so much good.Every week I will be introducing a new note taking app/website/method/theory you name it in order to persuade you all and even myself(we all slip sometimes) to dump the traditional way of note-taking with pen and paper and hop on to the digital world of electronic notes with me :)