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SDG 13: Climate action

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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Leanne Nguyen's picture

Cutting out meat from my diet

Meat consumption has a multitude of detrimental effects on our planet. Not only do ungulates such as cows and sheep contribute to land degradation, livestock farming also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. I am pledging to cut out meat from my diet, and transition to a more environmentally-friendly plant-based way of life.

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Jessica Garcia's picture

walk > drive to grocery store

To reduce the amount of petrol I consume, I will only walk to collect groceries. This can reduce pollutant emissions and improve my fitness!

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

Reduce food waste

After a failed attempt at growing an avocado plant from the pit of a store-bought avocado a few months ago, I pledge to try to regrow herbs from some offshoots I cut from a market-bought bunch of coriander ~~~the coriander is currently in a couple inches of water on a sunny windowsill and when roots develop (and hopefully the weather is warmer) I'll pot the stems in some soil and move them outdoors. So keen to have an ever-growing supply of fresh coriander! In doing so, i'll be reducing my carbon footprint (no food miles involved in going outside to cut some fresh coriander) and also eliminating any plastic waste that store-bought herbs are most often unnecessarily packaged in.

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

WALK > Train

I pledge to walk to work from now on instead of taking the train to reduce my carbon footprint (see pictured the main perk of getting an early start to the day :)))))

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

SAY NO TO BOTTLED WATER

This week I bought myself a stainless steel water bottle so I no longer will purchase any single-use plastic water bottles (most of which end up in the world's oceans!!! not to mention the petrol used in their production and distribution) I decided to make a simple macrame-style carry strap out of rope so I can carry it with me even when I don't take a bag big enough to fit the bottle inside :))) here's to fighting SUPs and no longer buying bottled water!

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

Buy LOCAL, Bulk, Plastic-FreE

In the past coupe months I have tried my hand at buying local produce not wrapped in unnecessary plastic and buying in bulk wherever possible. I now will make the pledge to only buy from local produce markets and or bulk food stores and commit to plastic-free shopping for the rest of this year ~~wish me luck!

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Cassandra Tremblay's picture

DIVERTING GOODS FROM LANDFILL

When I moved into a new apartment at the beginning of the year, I made a personal commitment to repurpose whatever I could find to decorate the space ~ in this way, I have been able to divert several large pieces from ending up in landfill and avoided purchasing any new items (pictured below are: a steel-reel-turned-room-decor and a wooden-palette-turned-patio-furniture I got from a family friend's house renovation site, as well as a crate-turned-plant-stand that I picked up from the side of the road and an empty paint-tin-turned-pot-plant I got from my parent's) I plan to continue in this direction and pledge to not purchase any new furniture items the next time I move homes.

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Sewah Helen Mok's picture

Save fuel, carpool

Transportation is one of the biggest issues to living in the outer suburbs – PTV is often not an viable option to where I need to get to. In Australia where there is low urban density, passenger cars are one of the biggest contributors to transportation emissions. I would like to reduce the amount of petrol I am consuming by actively making sure I carpool with friends whenever it is possible, which may mean coordinating plans, in addition to walking if the location is in close proximity.

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Charlie Deng's picture

Solar Powered Robot

Many people may not aware that Australia burns a staggering amount of fossil fuel on grass cutting every year. Each lawn mower emits the same amount of greenhouse gases of 40 cars. We all love our lawns, but it is about time for us to consider clean energy lawn mowers. While solar panels are becoming more assessable and AI robotics technologies are maturing. I pledge to apply my engineering and business knowledge to develop a solar powered autonomous grass cutting robot, along with my student-run robotics team. Supporting sustainability through innovation.

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