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SDG 13: Climate action

Marc Repse's picture

Go vegetarian

Ever since I moved out of home a year and a half ago I have drastically reduced my meat consumption, to the point of being mostly vegetarian. However, I have always allowed myself to be a bit slack with it and eat fish and meat sometimes, especially if I'm going out for dinner. I pledge to eat completely vegetarian for all of June, with the intention to continue. I also will aim to eat vegan where available. I'm looking forward to challenging myself to learn new recipes and choose restaurants that cater better towards plant-based diets. 12: responsible consumption and production I intend my step of going vegetarian to include eating mostly whole foods and vegetables, meaning a decrease in my production of waste from packaged foods. 13: climate action My step of going vegetarian helps address the goal of climate action because a vegetarian diet produces 2.5x less greenhouse gas emissions than a meat diet. 14: sustainable oceans My step of going vegetarian will assist in preserving the biodiversity of the oceans by not contributing to fishing or pollution from fishing vessels. 15: protect ecosystems, forests and biodiversity loss Going vegetarian will assist in reducing the risk of biodiversity loss by not eating any animals or contributing to a change in landscape to accommodate animal farming.


Brittany Spencer's picture

switching super

Change my superannuation fund to Australian Ethical, and inspire others to do the same (or at least become aware and intentional of the impact their super is contributing to)


Chintia Sembiring Meliala's picture


Do you know the carbon footprint you leave through online shopping? According to Earthorg (2021), The transport of goods across the world is responsible for a huge portion of CO2 emissions generated by e-commerce. In 2020, the shipping and return of products accounted for 37% of the total GHG emissions. The major problem can be attributed, once again, to the consumers’ appetite for convenience. In my one step pledge, I urge students across Monash University to share basket of goods and shipping costs with friends and family that will lead to logistics only arriving to one destination instead of multiple to contribute to reducing carbon emissions of transportation. I strongly urge that this destination be Monash University in order to be a campaign for responsible consumption. Not only will it be a win for the environment, students will also benefit from reduced shipping fees from sharing baskets! It is time that we re-define the modern shopping experience in a powerful way that is more efficient and sustainable.


Anush Ahuja's picture


40% of global plastic waste stems from single-use plastic cutlery, which takes centuries to break down naturally - giving it ample time to seep into the environment. With the Ocean Conservancy classifying this as one of the most deadly items to turtles, birds and mammals, and the dangers of microplastics being brought to light by ongoing research, it is evident that this is a challenge the world still struggles with. Now, the plastic industry is worth approximately $2.6 billion and isn't just going to disappear overnight. What I want to create is a shift in culture that moves the masses away from throw-away plastics, and my idea is to use edible cutlery. Picture yourself finishing a quick meal and another treat you get is the cutlery you used to eat it from (and without the hassle of carrying around a mini-dinner set in your backpack to be more sustainably conscious). The recipe to make this is super simple and any baking novice could make a quick batch with ease - and all you need is some flour, a tiny bit of oil, water and any seasoning you prefer - chuck the mix into an oven in the shape of the cutlery you want and there you have it! Another advantage of these are that even if not consumed, they are very easily bio-degradable and cause no harm to the environment whatsoever. I want to start this off with a very indie approach, with audiences starting to use these at home, then convincing university retailers to start baking and using these and eventually spreading this further to commercial retailers. With the increase of the number you see carrying around steel straws, people's mindset's are changing when it comes to their sustainable impact which is why I believe this solution can really drive change. Here's a quick batch I could fix up :


Osman Haji's picture

Planting my own food

To both help protect the environment as well as waste less food I have elected to grow my own vegetables in my backyard. It is quite a challenging process with lots of learning involved. The process of learning the ins and outs of gardening has increased my connection with nature and allowed me contribute in some form to helping protect the environment. I am learning a lot from my parents who are habitual gardeners and willing to push forward the wealth of knowledge they have gathered over the years in taking sustainable actions. This is only beginning for me and I can not wait to see how my first summer harvest will turn out.


Eve O'Connor's picture

break up with single use cups

I know that I am guilty of enjoying hot drinks on the go. But the single use cups that I drink from go immediately into the bin, with a one way ticket to landfill. Breaking this cycle is something I want to be more conscious of. While my coffee cups are only one small drop in the ocean of single use items, this is where I would like to begin. This year - and hopefully for many more, I want to pledge to only using reusable cups for my drinks. In doing so I'm hoping to not only reduce my own consumption of all the unnecessary materials but to encourage my friends to do the same. Ideally, my decision will ripple out so that overall consumption is reduced and more responsible habits are implemented in my own lifestyle.


Harriet Harte's picture

Implement circular practices

The concept of Circularity and the Circular economy present a novel pathway to achieving sustainable development. Circularity creates alternate systems that keep products in a cycle of use and continual reuse as well as regenerating natural systems and reducing pollution and waste. These practices are best adopted by businesses and this should be encouraged and promoted. However, on an individual level I plan to increase my own circularity practices through a variety of different avenues. Firstly, I pledge to purchase more food products from bulk source shops and markets as opposed to supermarkets to reduce my plastic consumption. This will greatly reduce my contribution to land fill. Additionally, I will stop buying new clothes unless it is absolutely necessary (eg: I am going hiking and need protective equipment). It is widely known how destructive the fashion industry is to the environment, people and the planet so by removing myself as a consumer of products from this industry I will help to make a change, however small. Finally, I will educate my housemates and friends on what the Circular Economy is and why it is important for businesses to work towards as well as individuals. I have already shared many tips with my friends to reduce waste and I will continue to do this while also integrating Circularity concepts.


Alexander Palermo's picture

Taking more than one step

Walking and travelling by foot is a simple task yet can make such a difference is creating a more sustainable future. Walking to places rather than driving or taking the stairs rather than the elevator are small steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many alternatives we can take around home and on campus that may require more movement, however, taking these steps are vital for our community. I pledge to walk to university rather than drive to take my first steps to create a greener future. I also will take the stairs, not an elevator and also take more eco-friendly options whenever possible to achieve my goals. It is claimed that walking 1.5 miles would generate 25% less green house gases compared to driving the same distance (Cohen & Heberger, 2008). So by walking around and opting for the sustainable option I strive to make a difference. Cohen, M., & Heberger, M. (2008). Driving vs. Walking: Cows, Climate Change, and Choice (1st ed., p. 3). Pacific Institute. Monash University. (2018). 18 Innovation Walk [Image]. Retrieved 18 May 2022, from


Ketki Kawale's picture


We, humans, have been following a basic pattern of consumption since decades across the globe. This was justified, because earlier there was no requirement to change the way we eat. We also never felt the need to even ponder on the impacts of our eating habits. However, times are now changing and we need to think of what and how we are eating on a daily basis. As we are all aware, protein is one of the major key nutrients in our balanced diet. These building blocks of our body are required in adequate quantity to maintain a healthy living. Milk, meat, dairy products, eggs, meat or even all animal-derived products are often considered to be the best source of protein. Under this impression, people have been consuming them for decades to fulfill their protein requirement.. But you must be wondering why shall we change and eat something different from what we currently are? Why not just stick to our ongoing eating habits? Little do we know, that these protein sources are unsustainable and cause a major ecological imbalance. Well….. you must know the cost we are paying due to this increasing reliance on animal-derived protein . More requirement of land, water and feed which could be utilized. Increasing emissions of greenhouse gasses Transportation in feeding and more…… I strongly believe that switching to sustainable protein sources be it coming from meat, eggs, fih or dairy will play a key role in protecting our climate. Also, the proconcieved notion that total protein can only be obtained from animal sources is gradually dimishing owing to the advancemnt in science and technology. With this in mind, even a single switch can lead to a greener future.


Jasmine Vardi's picture


In order to reduce pollution that is affecting our environment, I will make sure to reduce my use of plastics by using reusable items such as drink bottles. If I do use a plastic I will ensure that it is empty and placed in the correct recycling bin in order for it to be recycled. My aim is to stop buying plastic water bottles to reduce the amount of waste found in our oceans. Additionally, if I see plastic on the floor I will pick it up and put it in the bin.



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