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SDG 8: Economic growth and employment

Sonia Ravi Chandran's picture

Big Change $ for Small Business

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, I will continue to shop locally. More importantly, I pledge to round up all my orders/purchases to the nearest $5 as I understand that every dollar makes a big difference to business owners at this stage of recovery. For instance, if paying $20 for an $18 order and 25 other customers also do this, by the end of the day the business owner will have an extra $100 to support themselves. This is a very important initiative to support our hard-working business owners who have struggled financially throughout this pandemic.


Isabella Cafari's picture


I am pledging to be a more responsible consumer; buying less, and choosing better. The presence of mass-market retailers, and the ever-growing pressure to reduce prices, fuels this industry (which is consequently destroying our planet). I am not only going to ensure I am purchasing from local, sustainable small brands, but am also shopping secondhand from platforms such as depop! Further, given that the average person only wears 40% of their clothing, I am going to repurpose, sell, or donate clothes in which I do not wear. It is also super important to acknowledge the wealth disparity between who is making the products, and who is selling them, and by supporting fast fashion I know I can never be sure that this process is equitable. By refusing to purchase from powerful and wealthy retailers, and encourage my friends to follow my lead, I hope I may be able to promote change.


Aimee Comas's picture

Casual Composting

My aim is to compost all my biodegradable food waste using my own compost bin and the government-provided FOGO bin. According to Project Drawdown (2019), 2.14-3.13 gigatons of carbon dioxide could be reduced between 2020-2050 by composting biodegradable waste at a global level. This is because mixing biodegradable waste with general waste - such as plastic - in landfill causes a significant increase in methane emissions. For this reason, composting food waste is an excellent sustainable step to make in order to decrease green house gas emission. The great thing about composting is that we can conduct it at different levels, from as small as a backyard compost bin to industrial compost farms. I'm excited to see how much food waste I produce in relation to recycling and general waste!


Mehak Mittal's picture

A Step towards a better world

Educating people about the gravity of gender gaps and how to reduce the discrepancy, importance of quality employment and its qualitative benefits apart from quantitative and financial, carbon footprint of unnecessary consumption, production and waste.


Samuel de Pury's picture

sustainable psychology

The concept "sustainability" often motivates discussion of outcome manipulation, eg: "reduced food waste". Such outcomes are typically envisioned and sought after using unsustainable procedures. For a complex system (eg: a business, a person) to be sustainable it must maintain itself indefinitely, not just produce sustainable outcomes. “Sustainability” is therefore a state, not an endpoint. To maintain sustainability, the structure of a system must be comprised of self-stabilising internal mechanisms. For example, your computer is an unsustainable system since it cannot repair itself. Your eyes are sustainable systems since they can recover from superficial injury without intervention. In seeking to determine the preconditions for a sustainable global civilisation, I realised that my way of approaching the topic of sustainability was itself unsustainable. Since that realisation, I have been studying psychology. I seek to approach sustainability from the ground up. How is my way of thinking about sustainability itself sustainable? How can self-stabilising psychological techniques be applied to larger scale outcome-oriented sustainability endeavours? I then developed a psychological technique for practicing sustainability. Each day I list my sustainable activities and my unsustainable activities, with the added condition that each day must include more sustainability than the last. This technique gives my pursuit of sustainable outcomes viability, integrity, depth, reflectivity, originality, and versatility. My psychological and systems-oriented approach to sustainability could be applied to individuals, relationships, groups, businesses, organisations, and societies and could refine our collective pursuit of a sustainable world.


Georgia Saunders's picture

Smart shareholder

I have become a shareholder recently and am beginning to diversify my portfolio - however, I want to be investing in companies that have policy in place for a better future. As I continue to invest I will be a shareholder of ethical and sustainable companies that have a better future regarding any SDGs in focus. Vote with your wallet! photo credit: Emma Tkalcevic


Hayley Stanich's picture


From savouring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. This year I committed to finding and shopping at local fresh fruit and vegetable markets in order to reduce my eco-footprint, promote my health and wellbeing and connect with my community. In addition to providing the freshest and tastiest produce available, farmers markets contain meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture. Purchasing directly from local farmers therefore not only benefits your own health, but promotes the humane treatment of animals! Ultimately, eating locally is beneficial to both the environment and your health, and in putting your dollars into supporting the local community and farmers directly. I encourage everyone to join me in taking this action towards supporting the local community!


Samantha Mileto's picture

raise awareness via instagram

I will start an Instagram account linking climate change to social justice issues in Australia with simple steps to take action e.g. how to write to your MP, fossil fuel divestment and more.


Athan Giuliani's picture


Australian Superannuation is a $2.9TRILLION industry. We often neglect to think about super, I was guilty of this for a while. I have now made the decision to switch super accounts to a superfund that invests in environmentally and socially woke companies. The only way to get to Net Zero by 5050 is to divert our money to companies that research and invest in sustainable technologies. I would like to raise awareness and education about OUR CHOICE of investments and help people of all ages make conscious decisions about where their money is going and what they can do about it.


Amanda Sukkar's picture

Environmental Economics - Investing in everyone's future

I pledge to not only assess all of my economic decisions but to help others around me, so that they are making the best decision for their economic and environmental future.



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