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SDG 15: Protect ecosystems, forests and biodiversity loss

Jessica Walters's picture

Composting & COmpostable

Approximately 8.2 million tons of food waste in Australia, ends up in landfill each year. Producing greenhouse gases when breaking down, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), which is 25 times more potent than CO2. These gases contribute to the environmental issue of GLOBAL WARMING, by absorbing the suns heat and warming the Earth. As the largest protectant to the health of the planet, as the human race it is now more important than ever to reduce our impact on the environment. The Australian Government is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 28 percent below the 2005 levels, by the year 2030. I and us all can contribute to this goal through.... COMPOSTING and using COMPOSTABLE items I will be attempting to not only reduce my food waste, but ensuring that the food waste I do produce will be placed in my own compost. I will also be choosing to only purchase products and takeaway food options, in compostable packaging where possible; to also place in my compost and not contribute to packaging waste. I will encourage and educate those around me, throughout the Monash community and further, to also take this step in environmental sustainability, and ensure people are aware of the difference between biodegradable and compostable when purchasing items to be more sustainable, as well as learn easy tasks to implement into daily life in relation to composting and compostable items.

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Stuti Nandra's picture

REDUCING plastic waste

Turn plastic waste into creative uses such as using them as flower pots for indoor or outdoor use so that amount of plastic which will end up in waste will be reduced. In fact most of the plastic usually doesn't end reaching the recycling facilities and instead ends up inside birds who mistake it for food, on in marine life, when it escapes into the oceans. Furthermore, by using plastic bottles as pots for plants, we would also be reducing the amount of pollution around us, and inturn promoting pollution-less air. When we start to keep plastics inside our house rather than throw them out, we realise the amount of plastic waste we might've potentially added to our oceans or landfill, allowing us to reconsider how we buy plastic.

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Shenela Fernando's picture

Reduce plastics

Plastic and waste production is a known issue in the world. Plastic is a great contributor to marine pollution all over the world. I want to take a personal step to reduce my plastic consumption. I believe that by consciously taking reusable bags while shopping can make a great impact as well. In addition, using a reusable water bottle, using wooden toothbrushes are all easy and convenient alternatives to their harmful plastic counterpart. I will continue to take a step to reduce my plastic consumption as well as spread awareness about the issue of our consumption.

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Raka Seto Pratama's picture

PLASTIC waste reduction

Knowing that plastic waste is a common issue in Earth's environment, I plan to shift my behaviour to contribute in waste reduction and recycling. According to WWF, about 9% of total plastic used is recycled in Australia. For my step, I will purchase a reusable shopping bag instead of buying plastic bags each time I go shopping. I will also purchase a refillable drinking water bottle. I will bring the bottle everywhere I go to reduce the need to purchase beverages during my travels. Furthermore, I will read out about waste separation and categorisation before I throw away my waste into the correct bins to help the efficiency of the recycling process. Reading about circular economy will also help me to move towards a sustainable lifestyle. I believe that these small steps would make an impact in reducing plastic waste.

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Shenela Fernando's picture

Reduce meat and dairy

I started my journey to be pescatarian a few months ago and I'd like to take a further step to reduce my daily consumption as well. -Replace dairy milk with plant based milks. - Find more recipes to focus on whole, plant based foods.

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Kit Kirby's picture

EAT GREENS

70% if the birds on earth are only there because humans put them there to eat (most of the 70% are chickens). There are substantial greenhouse emissions that come solely from meat production and delivery. I aim to become vegetarian by the end of the year.

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Kit Kirby's picture

Sustainable Garden

The step I'm taking is to plant native plants in my garden (including edible natives), along with a seasonal veggie patch.

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Xiaoyu Li's picture

COOK at home

Cook at home instead buying take-away. I pledge to start cooking at home and stop ordering take-away. I will make a meal plan every time before cooking to reduce food waste. I will reduce plastic use, such as plastic bag and plastic cutlery.

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Xiaoyu Li | 11/15/2020 - 15:17

Try to cook 4 types of dishes in a week.

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Vivian Monje's picture

Travelling wise

Who has not made a trip to a nearby community or travelled to a country other than their residence? Tourism is an industry that is continuously growing, according to the United Nations, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) prognosticated growth of 3% to 4% for 2020 (before the pandemic) and predicted the number of international tourist arrivals by 2030 would reach 1.8 million. I understand that many people see tourism as an unsustainable activity. However, I support the fact that tourism has helped to improve the quality of life of many communities (Decent work and community growth). As a traveller conscious of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), I have taken multiple steps such as reusing towels in the hotel that I stay, travelling by train or car when I can and sharing the car with friends to avoid the use of another car (climate actions), supporting the local community buying from small businesses (Decent work and community growth) and protecting the biodiversity of the natural places I visit (Life on land), for instance. My idea is to be able to share the message and knowledge with as many travellers as possible so that they become actors of change. To do so, as a sustainable tourism student, I could start creating a network where we can share tips for travellers to spread awareness in the context of travel in a sustainable manner. I would be an incentive for travellers to take wise decisions and making them part of the community who support the SDG.

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yu chen | 11/14/2020 - 23:39

I like your idea!

Tian Miao | 11/16/2020 - 09:34

Yes, I totally agree with you, Vivian! A sustainable lifestyle does not only mean that making a different your own home, community, region or country. I think that it includes the way you think and practice, of course, and how you impact others. Like you said, as a continuously growing industry, the tourism and tourists have the responsibilities to make contributions to the SDGs in their way.

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Mugni Bustari's picture

TASKU ( My bag)

Using and selling reusable shopping bag for shopping to solve plastic bag pollution and support equality education for orphans.

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