The world's most used vegetable oil is the main reason for the rainforest disappearing in Indonesia and Malaysia. For us, the problems with palm oil are not so visible in everyday life, but the use of palm oil has severe consequences for humans, animals, rainforests and the climate. Most of the palm oil comes from Southeast Asia, and to meet the enormous global demand for palm oil, Indonesia plans to double the production of palm oil to 40 million tonnes annually by 2020. As a consequence of this biologists fear that orangutans will become extinct in Southeast Asia in less than 10 years due to deforestation. In other words, it is necessary to reduce demand, and it is here we as consumers can play an essential role as around 50% of packaged supermarket products in Australia contain palm oil. Hence, I pledge to use less palm oil (preferably none) by using the Palm Oil Barcode Scanner App made by Palm Oil Investigations. With it, you can easily find out which foods contain palm oil and how much.
Promote SDG on facebook adn whatsapp groups and also I have applied to be part of SDG program(coordinator) for Monash UnIversity to take this program to another level. Secondly, I am part of an NGO named All is Well which works for the welfare of children and women soo that is the platform which I will use for the local spread of awarness of SDG . Thirdly, I have my event management firm soo have plans to inculcate SDG's and its importance in my upcoming events as well.
Meat consumption has a multitude of detrimental effects on our planet. Not only do ungulates such as cows and sheep contribute to land degradation, livestock farming also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. I am pledging to cut out meat from my diet, and transition to a more environmentally-friendly plant-based way of life.
Education not only improves quality of life but equips more people with the tools to tackle the world's issues! For the rest of the year I will volunteer regularly (once a week/fortnight) with programs which aim to tutor kids with disadvantage or foster an interest in STEM for young people. To start I have signed up to run workshops with Engineers Without Borders.
I'm vowing to never use plastic straws, and to actively encourage others, including organisations, to do the same! Although they're so small, the sheer mass of these tiny pieces of plastic means that they accumulate and take around 200 years to decompose. So my step is purchasing a reusable straw and spreading the word about the impacts that straws have.
Consciously reducing the use of excessive plastic by voluntarily choosing to either omit plastic packaging where possible. For example, when given the option to either choose individual fruits not packaged in plastic bags for convenience or a bagged portion of prepacked fruit, I will actively choose the individual fruits. The prepacked fruit, while perfect for convenient portioning uses excess plastic that will only end up being disposed of after being opened.
After a failed attempt at growing an avocado plant from the pit of a store-bought avocado a few months ago, I pledge to try to regrow herbs from some offshoots I cut from a market-bought bunch of coriander ~~~the coriander is currently in a couple inches of water on a sunny windowsill and when roots develop (and hopefully the weather is warmer) I'll pot the stems in some soil and move them outdoors. So keen to have an ever-growing supply of fresh coriander! In doing so, i'll be reducing my carbon footprint (no food miles involved in going outside to cut some fresh coriander) and also eliminating any plastic waste that store-bought herbs are most often unnecessarily packaged in.
This week I bought myself a stainless steel water bottle so I no longer will purchase any single-use plastic water bottles (most of which end up in the world's oceans!!! not to mention the petrol used in their production and distribution) I decided to make a simple macrame-style carry strap out of rope so I can carry it with me even when I don't take a bag big enough to fit the bottle inside :))) here's to fighting SUPs and no longer buying bottled water!
In the past coupe months I have tried my hand at buying local produce not wrapped in unnecessary plastic and buying in bulk wherever possible. I now will make the pledge to only buy from local produce markets and or bulk food stores and commit to plastic-free shopping for the rest of this year ~~wish me luck!