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SDG 7: Clean energy

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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Mwansa Kawesha | 06/16/2021 - 04:33

great work

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Manish Heera's picture

Switching to CFL Bulbs

I Recently moved to new house and i discovered that most of the rooms have incandescent light bulbs and they actually are less energy efficient. FACT : According to the US Department of energy, rapid adoption of LED and CFL(compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs would save hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. More information regarding the benefits of stitching to fluorescent lights can be found on : https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/energy-efficient-lighting/ I have done my bit, lets move towards green energy and better world

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nidhi gupta's picture

Plant a Future

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.

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Ashir Intisher's picture

BUIlding science training

Completed the building science training for net zero energy home design offered by solar decathlon US.

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Ashir Intisher's picture

sustainable building

As an upcoming engineer, my aim is to create environmentally sustainable net zero-energy homes which can generate as much renewable energy as it consumes

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Iona Mapa's picture

conscious student

I was inspired by Monash's "One Step" Campaign, because it illustrated how we have so many opportunities throughout the day to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Therefore, this is basically my journey. And I will post about choices that I feel are significant to MY LIFE AS A STUDENT and how my current situation presents me with every day choices to live a more sustainable or, as my title suggests, make choices while being conscious of their effects on the world. I am starting with... walking to school or taking the bus from the Bus Loop! (I haven't purchased a bike, as all of my classes are in the evening and I'm not comfortable with biking in the dark) YAY for lower carbon emissions!

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Tara Coates's picture

Responsible Consumption

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!

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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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Charlie Deng's picture

Solar Powered Robot

Many people may not aware that Australia burns a staggering amount of fossil fuel on grass cutting every year. Each lawn mower emits the same amount of greenhouse gases of 40 cars. We all love our lawns, but it is about time for us to consider clean energy lawn mowers. While solar panels are becoming more assessable and AI robotics technologies are maturing. I pledge to apply my engineering and business knowledge to develop a solar powered autonomous grass cutting robot, along with my student-run robotics team. Supporting sustainability through innovation.

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Alan Wu's picture

Monash Uni-cycling

According to VISTA (Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity), the average trip in Metropolitan Melbourne is 8.9 km. That's only 40 minutes on a bike! But the fact is that only 3% of university/TAFE commuters in the middle suburbs use bikes, compared to 31% in the inner suburbs. My pledge is to learn how to register for sharebikes and start riding more between locations on and off campus to save time. It's a fun way of getting your daily dose of exercise and to reduce carbon emissions. You get 180 minutes free daily and there are options to park the bike many places around campus. If more people ride, pressure on local public and private transport will be reduced. As they say: "Reserve, release, ride and return". It's that easy.

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Alan Wu | 09/03/2018 - 22:07

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