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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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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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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Sabina Chio's picture

Minimalism

Influence by the trend of fast fashion, I realize I have a lot of clothes that I kept but never or seldom wear. I decided to declutter bags of clothes and accessories which will reduce the amount of water and energies to maintain these pieces. As a lot of the pieces are close to brand new, I gave them out to charity organization for those who can get the most use out of it . I will also be more conscious of my shopping habits and refrain myself from purchasing items that are not sustainable or are not likely to be repeatedly used .

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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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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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Quynh Nguyen's picture

Unix

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

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Quynh Nguyen's picture

reread the books

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/

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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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Harrison Moe's picture

treat everyone with kindness

We all live in this world together & there should not be any discrimination to people from any background such as different race, religion, working class, social class & gender. All over the world, countless discrimination & unfair treatment of said classes are happening hiding under our just society. Though, various human rights organisations such as 'Human Rights Watch" & more countries have been campaigning to impose human rights, we also have the power to change our own society & how we treat our fellow human beings around us. Whether it be a smile, a nod, a concern, an understanding, an acknowledgement, a hug, no matter how small a gesture, if it's compassionate, it definitely will go a thousand miles to make positive & kinder change to all the people around us. So, with genuine intentions, start asking how are their days doing to a random cleaner. Give a hand to a overburdened waitress waiting your table. Show empathy & compassion to unique individuals with autism, blindness or deaf. Respect a fellow college student from a different country & culture. If you have a domestic helper, treat him or her like how you would treat your friend. The kinder we are as a whole, the kinder the society will become :)

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Hengjing Liu | 04/15/2020 - 20:13

me too

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