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SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Brooke Davies's picture

Vegetarian Warrior

I'll be committing to a vegetarian plant-based lifestyle. I've been eager to embark on this lifestyle choice for its two-fold efforts. The environmental impact of eating meat is too significant to ignore, with meat production being a significant contributor to greenhouse emissions. Being vegetarian will also preserve habitats and decrease deforestation. The additional benefits of having a healthy lifestyle are an added bonus. I am really excited to start this journey to help the environment and fight for social justice.

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Cameron Lyon's picture

Monash University Sustainable Development Volunteering Program

Without help, the people, communities and natural environments that are significantly impacted by global challenges struggle to overcome these challenges and experience a sustainable and prosperous future. This One Step has the potential to work towards achieving each one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It consists of creating a sponsored sustainability focused leadership program for emerging leaders at Monash University. Students will be sponsored to lead a project addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Projects could include establishing a system where children and their families in Nepal have access to vaccinations, building appropriate education facilities in Bangladesh, travelling to Kenya to install clean water and sanitation facilities or stopping all single-use plastic consumption in Monash University. In addition, each project would aim to empower locals in each destination by equipping them with the knowledge and resources enabling them to continue sustainable practices in the future. It is the aim that each program will contribute to global sustainability while developing the sustainable leadership of Monash University students.

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Yueheng HU's picture

REDUCING CONSUMPTION & WASTE

Always bring my own reusable keep-cup, sports bottle and fabric shopping with me, and avoid consuming disposable products in my daily life.

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Sarith Gunaratne's picture

DRINK BOTTLE

I will always bring bottled water from home in a re-usable drink bottle to thus prevent the purchasing of bottled water. I will also influence the people around me to as well in an effort to reduce the usage of plastic in everyday life.

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Meg Grigarius's picture

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

We've all heard it before... throughout primary school, high school, Uni and even at work. But how far do we take this catchy slogan? It wasn't until last year and the beginning of this year that I really thought about the 3 R's in depth. I learnt a great deal more about what it really meant, in both your personal life and the wider community. As a step that I have been following for the past year I have developed the concept further to fit in with my journey towards sustainable living. It goes; REDUCE - Consumption?? How much do I consume, daily to monthly, to even yearly. Fast-fashion was a really concerning topic for me. The industry is the epitome of a throwaway mindset. Clothes are made for next to nothing with exported labour costs worryingly low, using the cheapest, generally toxic materials at rapid paces. The used resources like the amount of water, the cotton, and after that the Co2 emissions that are unleashed make for an environmental catastrophe. Clothes being perhaps my most common buys - This year I am saying NO to the fast-fashion industry, YES to what I already have, to vintage/secondhand, to clothing swaps and more. To buying what I need, and not to the shiny new things. This leads us into the next R, REUSE: Looking at what I already have, and finding something new in them everyday, tending and fixing things that might break or tear and most of all being appreciative of the abundance of luxuries I've been lucky enough to have. It put me in a mindset that I already have everything I need to be happy, everything else is just a luxury! *A luxury that I cherish Restyling outfits had me pulling things out from 5 years ago, that I absolutely love now. RECYCLE; I found myself thinking about recycling as a last resort, because if your can recycle things again personally, it's really just reusing? This Christmas I wrapped my presents in cut- offs from material we had lying around. Most of the material was given back to me, where I can now use that for other projects or to wrap presents again. What once was a recycling event has turned to a reuse! Evidently, this is much more a first world problem where consumption is at a all time high. But reusing can be applied to almost anything, and doesn't always have to mean a major change. Reusing works hand in hand with reducing, as long as I'm committed to buying minimal and necessity (which will be different for everyone). I pledge to continue finding ways to infiltrate all 3 within my life and my surrounding community.

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Clean that habit

Every day, we have a hygiene routine, including brushing teeth, mouth-washing and using deodorant. The substances in regular toothpaste and mouthwash are selected to provide good oral care. However, when we look at the synthetic chemicals included in these products, they could have long lasting adverse effects on the environment and human health. Some of them are toxic to different organisms, and some are not readily biodegradable with possibly irreversible effects on the biodiversity and more pollutants in our drinking water. Another daily used product is deodorants, which usually come in disposable plastic containers or aerosol cans. These materials are eventually thrown into landfill or the ocean, and pressurised cans are known to have an impact on the climate change. I am taking a step to cut my habits that are harmful for the oceans, and use an environmentally-friendly toothpaste, oil pulling as a substitute for mouthwash and sodium bicarbonate as a replacement for deodorants.

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Danyun Lu's picture

Steel Straws

Plastic straws are convenience when drinking. However, it caused ocean pollution and killed many sea animals. So I will use steel straws instead of plastic straws, which is recycling. Also, I will suggest my friends not to use the plastic straws to protect environment.

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Neha Hansra's picture

Green the office

Actively seeking to make the work office environmentally friendly and promoting activities supporting eco-friendliness.

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Joseph Lew's picture

Hydrate the world

As an avid gardener, I've noticed that I use a huge amount of water weekly. I've decided to minimise my water usage by collecting and recycling rainwater & old water from my pets for horticultural use.

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Emma Tkalcevic's picture

End plastic cutlery

This year I will take a step to never use plastic cutlery (and hopefully never again). This one small thing can easily be achieved by keeping a piece of cutlery in your back, and asking for no plastic when using your food. It will also influence my friends around me when they see me using my own cutlery, and I cant talk to them about it too.

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