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SDG 13: Climate action

Yu Shi's picture

Turn off the light

I will try to reduce electricity usage at my apartment by turning off the light and sleep before 10:30 pm for a week. Moreover, I will participate in more outdoor activities such as exercise in a park instead of the gym to save the electricity used for fitness equipment / air-conditioner / lighting.


Luke Richards's picture

Keepin' it Seasonal

If it is the middle of a 40 degree summer, where is our English Spinach coming from? How many kilometres of freighting and kilowatts of refridgeration have been used to bring this out of season leaf onto the market shelf? I strongly believe that our dietary choices/preferences can have some of the largest impacts on climate change and sustainable development as a whole. My step for 2019 will be to restrict my diet by consuming "in season" produce only. I will do this by continuously researching the fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts that are in season (via websites such as and only purchasing these from local farmers at the markets around town. I plan on creating blog posts explaining the connection between out of season eating, the produce mileage associated with it as well as the detrimental environmental impacts it causes (blog currently under construction, check out the FriedEggsClub soon!)


Megan Grigarius's picture

Farmers markets

Farmers markets have so many positives that will help me in becoming a step closer to sustainable living. A personal goal of mine is to reach 0 single-use plastic consumption, as well as the reduction of plastic in the bathroom and kitchen. In many of out supermarkets so many products are packaged in plastic, whereas a farmers markets little to no plastic is used. Produce is fresh being a plus for our health, but as it travels from the local farms CO2 emissions are not as significant compared to what a regular supermarket are likely to produce. Additionally, you are supporting local farmers and their livelihoods, where they have much more flexibility in setting their own prices. Lastly, it brings together the community, where people are able to socialise, give each other sustainable tips and talk about what they have been working on - where healthy communities are vital in propelling a sustainable future! So in understanding the effects of all these positives I am eager to take this step and make time to go to my local farmers markets.


Iona Mapa's picture

conscious student

I was inspired by the opportunities that Monash students have to take "One Step" towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I've been taking advantage of these, and trying to come up with my own steps that are relevant to student life. I will try my best to document these and post them here! Starting with... Walking and taking the bus from the Bus Loop!


Jack Thompson's picture

Alternative Transport

I would like to only to travel to university only by public transport or by bicycle. I live very close to a train station and also within reasonable riding distance of both Monash Clayton and Monash Caulfield so this is a manageable commitment. I hope that this action will lead to a much wider personal use of alternative transport and eventually perhaps may even eliminate my need to own a car. This should not only lower my own emissions but also contribute more widely to a more sustainable culture.


Maddy J's picture

Reduce and reuse

I want to say goodbye to the disposables and hello to the reusables in an attempt to reduce my carbon footprint, help keep oceans clear of waste and promote more responsible consumption. Additionally encouraging ensure that I encourage all those around me to do the same. This includes plastic straws, disposable coffee cups, plastic bags, disposable plastic cutlery and more.


Winnie Panczel's picture

growing a vegetable garden

The transport of produce requires consumption of fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are the leading cause of climate change. To reduce the amount of carbon emissions it takes to produce my food, I will create a vegetable garden in my backyard with vegetables that my family regularly eat. I will also give the excess produce to friends and extended family to make sure it doesn't go to waste. Eating home-grown produce will decrease my food-related carbon emissions and also omit the unnecessary, one-use plastic packaging that is common in supermarkets.


Renee Mizza's picture

Use ALL your food!

Food waste breaks down and produces greenhouse gases (CO2 and methane which is 25 times more potent than CO2!!!). We're all bought up knowing greenhouse gases are bad for our earth so why do we throw so much food waste into our bins to be put into landfill to produce these gases? In Australia, 8.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year, most of which ends up in landfill. I want to help to stop that. I endeavour to start composing food personally and try to get my university hall on board to implement a hall wide composting system. The compost produced can be used for vegetable gardens to grow our own food or simply put back into the earth. By 2020 I want to have my own system set in place where all of my food waste, whether it arises in the comfort of my own home, in my work place or on the go, it WILL be composted and not thrown into landfill. I want to have reduced my food waste by this year so that the food waste I am composting will be extremely minimal.


Neha Hansra's picture

Green the office

Actively seeking to make the work office environmentally friendly and promoting activities supporting eco-friendliness.


Torbjorn Bjork's picture

reduce my consumption of palm oil

The world's most used vegetable oil is the main reason for the rainforest disappearing in Indonesia and Malaysia. For us, the problems with palm oil are not so visible in everyday life, but the use of palm oil has severe consequences for humans, animals, rainforests and the climate. Most of the palm oil comes from Southeast Asia, and to meet the enormous global demand for palm oil, Indonesia plans to double the production of palm oil to 40 million tonnes annually by 2020. As a consequence of this biologists fear that orangutans will become extinct in Southeast Asia in less than 10 years due to deforestation. In other words, it is necessary to reduce demand, and it is here we as consumers can play an essential role as around 50% of packaged supermarket products in Australia contain palm oil. Hence, I pledge to use less palm oil (preferably none) by using the Palm Oil Barcode Scanner App made by Palm Oil Investigations. With it, you can easily find out which foods contain palm oil and how much.



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