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SDG 13: Climate action

Jeanne Cheong's picture

Taking Stock

Reflecting on my level of life 'sustainability' I'm aware that if given the choice I will naturally take the stairs, walk to the train station instead of drive etc. However, there are a number of areas in the home that seem either too big, or too entrenched to change - or rather, that I've simply never considered altering/changing before. For this reason I'd like to undertake a sustainability audit of my house such as looking at the level of water, rubbish as well as types of rubbish, electricity use etc and comparing it against community averages or recommended amounts. The first step will be to identify the process or framework that this could be measured by.

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Dhananga Karunanayake's picture

Let's reuse!

I have started to use my own cloth bags (made out of my old clothes) for grocery shopping and it is not your average shopping bag.

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Maria Gabriela Queiroz da Silva's picture

OUT OF PAPER

Every semester (even terms) we consume a lot papers to support our study's needs. These paper can be in the shape of block notes, notebooks, post-its, stick notes, paperwork used in the tutorials and lectures and even readings printing. After each semester, year or after the graduation we just through it at the bin, hopping that the government can recycle for us. However, we can just guarantee the end of all these papers if we know the destiny we are giving to them. That's why I am keen to start to delivery my papers to recycle companies by myself. Also, I am keen to create a campaign ( If Monash does so) that incentives all the students and staffs to delivery their paper stuffs in collection spots through the campuses and Monash could transfer them to a recycling partner. If we wanna change the world, we must start in our yard!. However if this initiative be successful, Monash Uni can even to expand it to schools, encouraging secondary students to do the same. I am totally keen to take this idea 'out the paper'!

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Nick Pentney's picture

Quench your thirst

Water is life for people and creatures all over the world. We need it to drink, to create food, clothes, and energy. However, water shortages, pollution and wastage are leading to less of it being available for those who need it to survive. 1 million people per year die from water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases that could be reduced by access to clean water. I pledge to start saving water at home and treat it as the precious resource it is. This includes limiting my showers to two minutes, only putting a dish washer on when it's full of dishes, checking and fixing household tap leaks, checking for toilet leaks once a year and monitoring my water bill.

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Riley Hodgson's picture

Riley hodgson

I pledge to discover and share one at least one new exciting article/fact/news piece a week that highlights a particular sustainability goal. There's so much happening in the world both good and bad and I want to focus on the good. New innovations, initiatives or government action which brings the world one step closer to achieving the SDG’s are meant to be shared. Already participating in many small actions which help reduce waste and electricity I wanted to do something different as my ‘one step.’ I am inspired by what I read, watch and hear and want to do the same for others. Good actions need more recognition! That’s why I want to be a voice that recognises and celebrates progress.

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Aimee Clark's picture

REDUCING MY CARBON FOOTPRINT

Living in a world of high carbon emissions, fast fashion and accumulating waste can be exhausting! I pledge to start making a bigger impact on my lifestyle by adopting carbon reducing techniques. I will utilise public transport more as an alternative to driving my car as it is a lot more accessible than we think and can be seen as another social opportunity when catching the bus/train with friends. I plan to not purchase any new items (clothes, books, homewares etc) that are not essential this year to reduce the popularisation of fast fashion and encourage a 'swap culture' where I share items with friends. If I do have to make a purchase, I will chose to invest in items that will last longer despite being more expensive as they are more environmentally friendly alternatives. These small changes will ensure I can become a responsible consumer in this fast-paced world.

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Aimee Clark's picture

SINGLE USE ALTERNATIVES

Despite being well aware of the impacts of single use plastic, I often find myself in situations using these items due to convenience and simply being stuck in old ways. Living in a household with three other people who share the task of grocery runs and preparing meals, it can be difficult to have a unified approach in plastic usage. I pledge to consciously reduce the use of excessive plastic individually and as a household by refusing to use plastic bags when purchasing items and bringing reusable bags with me. I will endeavour to use reusable containers when storing food and stop using zip lock bags and cling wrap. I will invest in a reusable straw, cutlery, drink bottle and keep cup and get into a routine of bringing them in my bag everywhere I go. I believe these small, inexpensive changes to my lifestyle will create a big impact by reducing the amount of single use plastic polluting our environment and going to landfill.

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Laura Stirling's picture

WORM FARM & COMPOST BIN

My mum and I have recently invested in a worm farm and compost bin, to recycle our family's food scraps and other organic wastes that turn into natural fertiliser products for our veggie garden. I pledge to continue collecting my family's scraps for this purpose, to achieve food waste sustainability.

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Laura Stirling's picture

COFFEE CUP COLLECTION

I have started collecting coffee cups off the street and that my family uses so that they can be recycled through the Simply Cups initiative at 7/11 stores. I have also started consuming all my take-away coffees in a Keep Cup.

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Laura Stirling's picture

SOFT-PLASTIC RECYCLING

I have started collected all soft-plastic packaging my family uses and have been taking them to Coles REDcycle recycling bins to recycle them. To reduce my overall plastic consumption, I have also started to wrap my foods in Beeswax wraps.

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