Being an avid diver, spear-fisherman and surfer I am constantly collecting plastic waste from the ocean and beaches. According to the Australian Marine Conservation society there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, with over 8 tons being dumped every year. I would like to promote a week of single use plastic awareness and its effects on our ocean. Including ocean clean ups, smart alternatives and sharing innovative ideas from around the globe.
Little steps go way beyond our lives. Turning off the tap water while brushing and using bucket water instead of shower tremendously decreases the unecessary wastage of water. Treating water as a limited resource can only allow our next generations to enjoy this precious resource otherwise the day is not far where our younger generations may die of scarcity of water.
Only use bamboo straws for two months
Be vegetarian for another year.
I would like to only to travel to university only by public transport or by bicycle. I live very close to a train station and also within reasonable riding distance of both Monash Clayton and Monash Caulfield so this is a manageable commitment. I hope that this action will lead to a much wider personal use of alternative transport and eventually perhaps may even eliminate my need to own a car. This should not only lower my own emissions but also contribute more widely to a more sustainable culture.
I want to say goodbye to the disposables and hello to the reusables in an attempt to reduce my carbon footprint, help keep oceans clear of waste and promote more responsible consumption. Additionally encouraging ensure that I encourage all those around me to do the same. This includes plastic straws, disposable coffee cups, plastic bags, disposable plastic cutlery and more.
UniX will tackle: - Challenges that happen in cultural adaptation of international students in Monash University. - Cross-cultural networks among international students, migrant students and local students in Monash University. But further than that, UniX hope to increase equalities among races in Australia
The transport of produce requires consumption of fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are the leading cause of climate change. To reduce the amount of carbon emissions it takes to produce my food, I will create a vegetable garden in my backyard with vegetables that my family regularly eat. I will also give the excess produce to friends and extended family to make sure it doesn't go to waste. Eating home-grown produce will decrease my food-related carbon emissions and also omit the unnecessary, one-use plastic packaging that is common in supermarkets.
By giving our old books for others, I believe that we not only spread knowledge to whom need it, but we also save cost for printing and cutting down trees for paper. Cre of the photo: https://www.eastbaysmartsenior.com/how-to-get-rid-of-old-books/
Food waste breaks down and produces greenhouse gases (CO2 and methane which is 25 times more potent than CO2!!!). We're all bought up knowing greenhouse gases are bad for our earth so why do we throw so much food waste into our bins to be put into landfill to produce these gases? In Australia, 8.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year, most of which ends up in landfill. I want to help to stop that. I endeavour to start composing food personally and try to get my university hall on board to implement a hall wide composting system. The compost produced can be used for vegetable gardens to grow our own food or simply put back into the earth. By 2020 I want to have my own system set in place where all of my food waste, whether it arises in the comfort of my own home, in my work place or on the go, it WILL be composted and not thrown into landfill. I want to have reduced my food waste by this year so that the food waste I am composting will be extremely minimal.
By only cooking meals that are vegetarian/pescatarian (and cooking at home more often than eating out), my overall meat intake will drastically reduce. Though it is theorised that going fully vegetarian can cut one's carbon footprint in half (which is an amazing incentive to do so), it is unlikely that everyone will be able or willing to make this drastic change, due to habitual eating patterns and different biological needs. However, the 'flexitarian' option provides a perfect and realistic solution, since it allows for the consumer to enjoy the occasional 'meat' meal whilst remaining vegetarian for the majority of the time. Thus, by even just reducing one's meat intake (and not cutting it out completely) we can massively improve our current environmental situation, in a way that is realistic and very achievable. Therefore, by pledging to ensure all the meals I cook at home are pescatarian/vegetarian (while still allowing myself to pick a meat meal if I so wish when eating out), I am exercising a perfect example of the flexitarian diet and how easy it can be for everyone to jump on board - now, even those who think they can't live without meat can get involved and make a huge difference!
Actively seeking to make the work office environmentally friendly and promoting activities supporting eco-friendliness.
SDG 1: End poverty, SDG 2: Zero hunger, SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing, SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation, SDG 7: Clean energy, SDG 8: Economic growth and employment, SDG 10: Reduce inequalities, SDG 11: Safe and inclusive cities and communities, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate action, SDG 14: Sustainable oceans, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions