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SDG 13: Climate action

Rasika Mhetre's picture

Sustainable lifestyle

I take a pledge to have a sustainable lifestyle. Since the material and energy demands of modern society are increasing day by day, there’s a strain on natural resources. Everyone talks about reducing the garbage, recycling, and reusing the materials, but no one is very keen on reducing consumption. I have seen people who love to shop a lot as per the latest fashion trends. Most of them wear the new cloth hardly one or two times and then it becomes garbage. Fast fashion is not only increasing the garbage but it is also affecting the waterways and human health. The dyes used in the textile industry affect the marine environment as they are very difficult to treat. Removing the dye from the water requires ozone treatment which is highly energy-intensive and which again impacts the planet. Hence, I would like to create awareness in society that how we can have a sustainable lifestyle and contribute to having more greener and cleaner earth. Reducing the consumption at the source itself can make a huge difference to save the planet. Along with sustainable consumption, I am committed to reducing my carbon footprint by taking the following steps: • Use of public transportation • Avoid unnecessary shopping • Tree plantation • Avoid food wastage • Use Organic green processed products • Responsible electricity consumption • Use reused and recycled products • Promote awareness about water recycling and reuse for potable and nonpotable applications

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Joanna Joseph's picture

LITERACY for all

Babies, children, teenagers and adults need to be educated even if its at a basic level. If we start to teach children at a young age about the environment, the inequality that still exists, and the things that affect the earth in a negative manner we can see the positive impact that starts from there. It is important to understand how much of an effect literacy has. Not just about reading or writing but learning and critically analyzing about what's going on. Gaining knowledge is one of the most powerful tools one can have. It is only if one is literate can they also understand even more adverse effects that may occur. Therefore I believe this one small step for literacy gives everyone the power of knowledge and truth that can then help them understand problems and help us race towards better sustainable solutions. Starting small always ends up big, but starting small with literacy ends up with a huge positive factor for everybody.

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Emily Clarke's picture

Responsible finances

My pledge is to move my money away from banks that fund fossil fuels and change my superannuation investment to sustainable choices. Despite the International Energy Agency stating that there is “no room for new or expanded gas, coal and oil projects”; and the big four banks committing to the Paris agreement, they are still funding huge fossil fuel projects each year. Superannuation companies are also cashing in on fossil fuel investments, but we can choose to move our bank accounts and super to a responsible lenders and investors. Many people are unaware that their money is being invested in this way and that they can make a choice to move away from unsustainable investments. If everyone did this, we could send a huge message to financial companies that it is not ok to use our money to fund climate destruction, and this could see them changing their lending and investment practices.

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Matilda Webster's picture

Car Pooling

My pledge is to take control of my own car usage and the detriment that this has on our environment. Driving to and from university (not to mention the parking stress) is embedded into university life at Monash. With most students, I have spoken to choosing to drive to university. The toll that this has on our environment is immense, as most only drive themselves. Therefore, I pledge to car pool to uni or take other means of transport to reduce my environmental impact. This idea could be implemented across the university with monetary and practical incentives. Expanding the already existing carpooling scheme. Firstly, by allowing reduced parking rates or gift cards to students who utilise the scheme. And secondly, providing special parking zones to registered car pool users (reducing the Monash parking anxiety). Furthermore, this would also address inequalities within the university, allowing those without access to personal vehicles a more streamlined means of getting to class.

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Rabani Budhiraja's picture

RECYCLE ALL YOU CAN

Why do we not recycle all the waste that we generate? On average, 1500 plastic bottles and cans are thrown away every single minute in Australia. Even though most plastic packaging and cans are recyclable, the question is how much is 'really' RECYCLED? How many people understand how recycling works? How many people have recycle bins in their bathrooms and toilets? Very few! My aim is to recycle every possible plastic waste I can and to encourage my friends, family, and neighbors to do so too. I understand how frustrating it is to remove peals from those old shampoo bottles and to remove all the product inside- but I also understand the earth NEEDS us to take action. So I will!

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Omar Alkantar's picture

Managing personal waste

My pledge is to improve my management of personal disposable waste, that is to actively and consciously be aware of the manner in which waste from general consumption is disposed of. To strive for a sustainable society where people aren’t living in excess of their needs, reducing consumption is paramount. This is the first and foremost step in achieving this goal, however there will always be some degree of waste or by product, and my pledge aims to address this concern. The first step in this pledge and the one that seems most fundamental to me in our current society, is to become more educated and positively educate others on the complexities of waste disposal. I think there is a grand discrepancy between what is commonly known and what should be known regarding the correct processes to how to manage our waste domestically, and where the waste eventually goes. On average, 1 in 4 recycled items are contaminated and are sent to landfill across Australia, however this isn’t due to apathy. Various studies and qualitative data suggest that there is positive support for the need for proper recycling and waste disposal practices in Australia, and their confusion stems from 1. Lack of information, 2. Lack of clarity regarding the right way to do things. For this reason, I will strive to become adept and well versed with the right way to dispose of recyclable and non-recyclable waste. In the process I aim to be more diligent and aware of what I personally do and strive to support my wider circle of relationships. Coupled with that, currently implementing practical approaches for my household such as; having multiple smaller bins in each room to promote active correct measures, composting waste for home garden patch, whilst reducing landfill bound options. With these steps in place, I hope a trickle-down effect can ensue, where knowledge and careful practices are shared and passed on. Similarly, there will hopefully be an economic benefit along with the environmental contributions, it currently costs $235 per tonne to dispose of waste for local councils, with 315 thousand tonnes sent to landfill in 2020 alone. This will hopefully subvert those costs back to the individual and make the current council managed waste management systems more efficient. This pledge aims to satisfy goals 11 – sustainable cities and communities, 12 responsible consumption and production and 13 Climate action. Current Australian waste management systems are gradually improving following 2018, so too should attitudes of the population as well, to go above and beyond goals set by UN.

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Tom Zhang's picture

POWER OFF

I'm a culprit of leaving electronics turned on because of the sake that "I'll be using it later". But later sometimes turns into never and I end up leaving my computer or laptop on for the whole day. So in future I'll be more aware of this, and actually turn off the electronics that I won't be using so I can reduce my carbon footprint.

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Joshna Baskar's picture

SUSTAINABILITY, SAVE, REPEAT

The One Step I would like to take is one which I have successfully started in my high school in New Zealand and would like to initiate at Monash University. New Zealand’s government has a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 so we students wanted our school to have a realistic plan to achieve this goal. We created an Energy Management System which was essentially a structure assigning particular roles to students and senior leadership to carry out energy management projects including Auditing, Communication, Documentation and Analysis. In order to sustain energy management projects, we wanted the school to commit to reinvest all energy savings made towards further energy efficient and sustainable technology; creating a cycle and eventually leading to achieving the goal of being carbon neutral. I presented this in the form of an Energy Management Poicy to the School Board of Trustees to gain their commit to reinvesting all energy savings made towards energy efficient and sustainable technology. We wanted our Energy Management System to be inline with an international standard so we know our plan will lead to real action and will actually help us become carbon neutral by 2030. So the school's sustainability committee and myself helped Epsom Girls Grammar School attain the ISO 50001 Certification in Energy Management and we were successful in gaining the accreditation in 2020. My One Step is to help Monash University to set a policy to reinvest all energy savings made, towards further energy efficient and sustainable technology. I also aim to help Monash University to attain the ISO 50001 Certification in Energy Management to work alongside Monash University’s preexisting plan to to have net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and be inline with an international standard. It can be done if we make a plan and take action today. Some of the energy management projects we conducted at the school involved actions such as: - Installing an electric energy efficient heating and ventilation system for the school’s Swimming Pool. This system was is expected to reduce electricity usage by almost $50,000/ in the first year. - Developing a checklist procedure for each block at Epsom Girls Grammar School to assist staff and students confirm that all service and equipment are turned off at the end of the term and holiday period. - Changing every single light fixture in the school into LED lights. Links: Epsom Girls Grammar School attains 1SO50001 certification: https://www.eggs.school.nz/news/eggs-iso-50001/ ISO50001 standard: https://www.iso.org/iso-50001-energy-management.html

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Mitchell Golden's picture

Thrifting

Thrifting or Op-shopping is a great way to both help recycle and minimise waste and landfills. The best part about this is that almost anyone can take part, with an abundance of local op shops and thrift stores. Simply drop off old clothing items you would have thrown out, or better yet, peruse the shop itself! There are heaps of items to choose from that look great, are of excellent quality and cost next to nothing! :)

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Jingyuan Ma's picture

Keep the inbox GREEN

Not all companies have data centres powered by clean energy. A regular email could contribute to 4g carbon emission and a postal mail emit eight times more. I will put the “no junk mail” sign on my letterbox and choose email over paper letters. I will unsubscribe from emails that I do not read to save energy and reduce my carbon footprint on internet. (If I do not receive the promotions emails, I would consume more responsibly.) To minimise my carbon footprint, I will also avoid sending unnecessary photos and videos to others. You can start this simple green step right now!!! Unsubscribe from emails that you keep receiving but never read! Keep your inbox green.

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