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SDG 8: Economic growth and employment

Aayushi Shah's picture

COMMIT TO SUSTAINABLE FASHION

My goal is to choose clothes that are either second hand, locally made, or made with natural fibers. The fast fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, and the fibres used in creating most of these clothes release microfibers into our waterways. I would like to choose pre-loved clothing, clothing that is ethical and can prove it's production, or locally made to support the local economy!

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Aayushi Shah's picture

COMMIT TO SUSTAINABLE FASHION

My goal is to choose clothes that are either second hand, locally made, or made with natural fibers. The fast fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, and the fibres used in creating most of these clothes release microfibers into our waterways. I would like to choose pre-loved clothing, clothing that is ethical and can prove it's production, or locally made to support the local economy!

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Sivakami Valliappan's picture

Encourage recycling!

Sort out recyclable wastes and encourage kids to do so. Let them know the importance of this act and when refund is available for certain products like aluminium cans, then encourage them to volunteer and collect such products and use the raised funds to use for a good cause or contribute to charity. Also if interested: Get involved and join the grassroots movement here: http://victoria.greens.org.au/10c

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NEEL MANOJ WADHWANI's picture

INDIA EFFICIENT LIGHTING

Currently in India, communities are still using kerosene lamps. Bring LED lights to communities is more sustainable for the future, allows people to study at night, and travel safely during night time.

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Iona Mapa's picture

For All

As a former Special Education teacher, I observed how I was participating in systems of exclusion in schools and, ultimately, in society. That's why I started studying MEd of Inclusive and Special Education, to learn how to contribute to INCLUSION. It was in this course that I became more aware of different forms of exclusion, and have begun thinking of ways that I can help develop a more inclusive future. Through being more inclusive, we can lift out of poverty those excluded from economic growth and employment, we can improve the emotional health and well-being of those excluded from access to their human rights, we can reduce inequalities between people excluded from opportunities, and ultimately create more developed, safe, and peaceful communities.

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Muhamad Rifki's picture

Locavism

Influence people to travel around their area, give benefit to local economy, protect the environment, and to appreciate the tourist destination around their area.

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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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Iona Mapa's picture

SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS

I am currently studying a Masters Degree in Inclusive (and Special) Education, because I believe that the best possible future we can have is on that includes helping everyone develop to their best potential - and that starts in schools! I am also currently looking for volunteer opportunities in the community, to support children and youth with disabilities.

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Rhea Thyagaraj's picture

Supporting Farmers

Agriculture plays a vital role in Australia, contributing to our social, economic and environmental sustainability. But have we ever thought why does this industry have $2.84billion in food losses and contributes to landfill. every year? Let's all take the ONE BIG STEP by protecting the farmers. This is aligned to the to the Economic growth and employment under the sustainable development goal. Supporting local farmers by shopping from a local vegetable and fruit store. This is every essential to protect our local people by purchasing vegetable and fruits from them for instance creates employment , increases quality of food, helps them run their business. Just because the size, shape, or color are not right of the fruits and vegetables they go in to waste. Isn't that awful? Local markets sell these as well. We should take the step to help by reducing food going in to landfill by supporting this cause.

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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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