When practicably possible, purchase from and encourage local businesses that engage with the community and natural environment. I will preference products that are sourced locally and where these are not readily available, regionally or nationally, rather than products sourced internationally. This both promotes the localisation of the economy and encourages environmental and social responsibility.
I will try to reduce electricity usage at my apartment by turning off the light and sleep before 10:30 pm for a week. Moreover, I will participate in more outdoor activities such as exercise in a park instead of the gym to save the electricity used for fitness equipment / air-conditioner / lighting.
I have decided to plant a tree on every occasion in my life. I commit to secure the future of our coming generation by planting and gifting a tree on my birthday, parents birthday, siblings anniversary to my dogs birthday. I chose to plant Areca palm or gift money plant as these oxygen increasing plants benefit the lifestyle by improving the air quality in and around the house.I chose to spread the awareness of securing the future with this small deed on your special day.
I would like to organise a beach cleanup with my friends to help protect the marine life of Port Philip Bay
Finishing high-school and preparing to leave home and hearth for university meant that I had a lot of cleaning, clearing and sorting to do. I dreaded it. Two reasons why: one, I knew that the time-consuming nature of the task before me would suck the joy out of summer; and two, I didn't want to get sentimental sifting through piles and piles of stuff associated with my childhood, middle school love interests, and high school work overload. I eventually got around to it, and when I did, I had an epiphany. I realised how ignorant my habit of hoarding was. I compiled bin bags after bin bags of clothing in pristine condition. Boxes filled up with miscellaneous items ranging from stationeries to bags and ornaments. At first, I was overwhelmed by all this stuff that I had managed to pull out from the deepest depths of my room, but I soon realised that the best thing I could do for myself, my community, and the environment was to give my stuff a new home. That's when I turned to local donation drives and an upcycling organisation. I feel accomplished knowing that a little initiative to clear my space has promoted sustainability in my community. Recycling stuff is important as we so often take for granted the number of resources, especially depletable ones, that were used to make the stuff that we chuck out or hoard. I aim to persist with my journey of becoming a more socially responsible consumer by a) continuing to give away hoarded items to the needy and environmentally progressive organisations, and b) resisting the urge to purchase items that I just don't need. I also intend to look out for more fair-trade products and animal cruelty free products when shopping.
I entered this year, feeling great as the world has been so amazing to me. In 2019, I came to a self realisation how unthoughtful I have been towards this world, we all reside in and call home. One my new year resolution, that ironically did not exist until the new year began, was to become a cleaner, more observant and considerate inhabitant of my home, Earth. Spending some time over how I can achieve this, I underlined majority of my day-to-day activities proving to being fatal for future. Starting my day from my shower (shampoo bottles, toothpaste tube) + the running water, to the garbage bags, and to my morning coffee from the cafe next door, everything was problematic. I needed to bring about change in myself. Following are the steps I ought to take to do my part and make this world survive our monstrous ways and leave a liveable world for our future generations: 1. Stop wasting FOOD! I do that a lot. 2. Lessen my water use -- Long warm baths are a thing of the past. 3. Forgot what plastic is! Can we just go back to when we didn't make plastic. PLEASE! 4. Plants are the planet's best friend. Buy plants for my house. Gift them to my friends on their birthdays. 5. Stop using PAPER. This is so undermined, but TREES are killed for making PAPER. I need to go all electronic.
I will never take up smoking for health benefits to myself as well as others. Tobacco can cause chronic disease and cancer. I will tell surrounding smokers to quit, at least do not smoke in public places as passive smoking is harmful too. No evidence shows electronic cigarette is safer so do not take it as substitute either. This is a step that everyone can take and contributes to sustainable development in human health.
Reduce my waste by taking a drink bottle with me wherever I go instead of buying water, bring my own take away containers to use as doggy bags at restaurants and only buy second hand clothing.
If it is the middle of a 40 degree summer, where is our English Spinach coming from? How many kilometres of freighting and kilowatts of refridgeration have been used to bring this out of season leaf onto the market shelf? I strongly believe that our dietary choices/preferences can have some of the largest impacts on climate change and sustainable development as a whole. My step for 2019 will be to restrict my diet by consuming "in season" produce only. I will do this by continuously researching the fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts that are in season (via websites such as environmentvictoria.org.au) and only purchasing these from local farmers at the markets around town. I plan on creating blog posts explaining the connection between out of season eating, the produce mileage associated with it as well as the detrimental environmental impacts it causes (blog currently under construction, check out the FriedEggsClub soon!)
Farmers markets have so many positives that will help me in becoming a step closer to sustainable living. A personal goal of mine is to reach 0 single-use plastic consumption, as well as the reduction of plastic in the bathroom and kitchen. In many of out supermarkets so many products are packaged in plastic, whereas a farmers markets little to no plastic is used. Produce is fresh being a plus for our health, but as it travels from the local farms CO2 emissions are not as significant compared to what a regular supermarket are likely to produce. Additionally, you are supporting local farmers and their livelihoods, where they have much more flexibility in setting their own prices. Lastly, it brings together the community, where people are able to socialise, give each other sustainable tips and talk about what they have been working on - where healthy communities are vital in propelling a sustainable future! So in understanding the effects of all these positives I am eager to take this step and make time to go to my local farmers markets.
I was inspired by the opportunities that Monash students have to take "One Step" towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I've been taking advantage of these, and trying to come up with my own steps that are relevant to student life. I will try my best to document these and post them here! Starting with... Walking and taking the bus from the Bus Loop!