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SDG 15: Protect ecosystems, forests and biodiversity loss

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.


Yasmin Jones's picture

from trash to treasure

I will start buying more clothes that are made of organic materials and that are more 'classic' and will donate/swap all the clothes i do not use anymore. I admit I have had a bad habit of just throwing clothes away because i do not know what to do with them and being an international student with no car limits accessibility/ where you can go, eg the donation shop. However, learning about the amount of resources that goes into making a shirt and how the synthetic fibres can harm the environment (especially marine health) has really opened my eyes about textile waste and has definitely ignited a spark in me which will push me to make the effort to carry my clothes to the donation centres and stop giving into consumerism and fast fashion.


Yasmin Jones's picture

my not-so chemical romance

I will stop buying cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals, both for personal hygiene purposes and for house cleaning purposes. When buying products, we don't usually think about what is in them and how it affects our personal health or the environments once they are washed down the drain. A lot of the time the chemicals we use at home or for our personal use damages the environment, especially waterways and the ocean, which have sensitive ecosystems. Additionally, products that are made of natural ingredients have the stigma of not being as effective but the truth is, is that they are. Therefore, I shall be more aware about the products I use and reduce the amount of chemicals I release to the world by researching and buying products that are made from natural ingredients. I will also try to encourage my housemates to do the same.



Ahmet Cem Erdem | 03/18/2019 - 16:24

I do the same especially because there is a bike road from my home all the way to Monash Caulfield :)


jem carver's picture

reduce plastics and paper

reduce the amount of printing i do in general and try to share and write things electronically rather than on paper. Reduce my use of single use plastics including takeaway containers, plastic bags and water bottles


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.


Kamalpreet Singh's picture

reduce my single-use waste

I believe that I should reduce the amount of single-use plastic I use at university. Until recently, I didn’t focus too much on the amount of preventable waste I throw out and how it impacted the larger picture. However, after undertaking the unit BEX3150, I have started to change my habits and believe that I can accomplish this pledge before the end of June. I can make headway in this pledge by switching over to a reusable coffee/tea cup, switching over from using single-use water bottles to a single reusable water bottle, plastics straws to metal straws and by not bringing food in single-use plastic containers or wrapping the food I bring to uni in plastic and opting for their reusable counterparts. I believe that by attempting to change these habits at university I am becoming more aware of the negative impact that plastic has on the environment and can start making progress in keeping these habits well after I complete university.


Eduarda Cuadros Marquez's picture


Day a day we produce and use a lot of single-use plastics that we may think : it is just one for plastics fork or one plastic straw, how bad can it be? well, maybe if you put 7 billion people saying the same thing everyday it changes right? Trying to live a zero waste lifestyle means to make the less waste and trash in our day-to-day life. It involves a lot of motivation and commitment. Living a zero waste life doesn't happen overnight it is a process. How to do this? Well, plastic bottles and plastic bags are the worst single-use offenders that mostly end up in our oceans. A good way to start a zero waste life is getting a reusable bottle and bags for groceries! to avoid the plastic bags in the checkout. I consider myself a coffee person, so instead of asking for a take away cup i have my keep cup always with me. There are so many changes that I'm making in this journey to a zero waste life like reusable straws, containers, bamboo toothbrushes, among others. I'm in this process for almost 10 months already and it feels so good to know that you are actually doing something to stop this climate and environment crisis. From caring comes change and like a rubbish bin, the earth is filling up with trash. "We don't need just a couple of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need a million doing it imperfectly." -Anne Marie Bonneau (zero waste chef)


Michelle Nguyen's picture

Saving the sea

Cosmetics and products that we use on our skin, hair and bodies may be inadvertently harming the environment; land and marine ecosystems. These products whilst may be marketed as 'green' products may be releasing non-biodegradable molecules into the environment. For example, sunscreen not engineered for marine life may be harmful to the oceans as there is no filtration or septic system that processes the product before being released into the ocean. Body scents, body soaps may all carry the same risk. An Australian government report from 2018 details the effect of plastic and pollutants on corals; exposure to any plastic or pollutant increases the corals likelihood of contracting disease from 4% to 89%. Being mindful of what the product is made of and how the residue can be washed into water systems is a good start to becoming more aware of the effects of our products. I will replace my current products with biodegradable, marine safe products to prevent more pollutants from reaching the sea and our water supply.


Hannah Skipworth's picture

Connecting land and people

I have been an advocate for gardening and environmental care for many years. Growing food in my own garden is integral to my mental health. It has also brought me into contact with wonderful role models. Research demonstrates a strong correlation between the practice of gardening, and feelings of wellbeing and social inclusion. I would love to take the ‘next step’ by sharing my passion for the environment and gardening with groups at-risk of developing mental health issues, including research students and women in the workplace. This step will involve designing and delivering workshops in my garden, which share knowledge on growing seasonal foods. At the core of my passion for gardening and building community is a commitment to sustainability and resilience in a troubled world. I would like to be a leader in this space, and I see this as a step in the right direction.


Thy Do's picture


50% of all the waste we dispose of every day in our homes can be "recycled" and put back into our garden in the form as compost and mulch to improve the quality of our soil and provide nutrients for our home grown fruit trees and vegetables to thrive! By putting aside fruit and vegetable peels, cores, and other food scraps and turning it into compost, I am not only reducing the amount of organic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill but also reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and frequency of how much I water my plants!



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