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SDG 13: Climate action

Quentin Patrouillard's picture

The REDcycle Program

My first step starting June was joining the REDcycle Program from Coles which i learnt through WOM. At my house, we are 4 students and somehow accumulate around 20 plastic bags a week (4personx5bags). This over a long period adds up to a lot of waste which Coles can collect and recycle it! Massive competitive advantage they have obtained! My contribution and new habit of bringing 80 plastic bags a month back to Coles, can also have impact on others as many have asked me why i was carrying such big bags filled with other bags giving me an responsibility of also increasing awareness.


Shashank Nangli Satish's picture

Educate, motivate, inspire

When I first arrived in Melbourne, I was appalled to see the the blatant use of plastic bags in supermarkets and coffee cups all over the "most liveable city". Being born and raised in Bangalore, the IT capital of India - also known for being a heavily polluted city which has struggled to manage its waste, I have witnessed my beautiful hometown deteriorate over the last 10 years. However, there seems to be hope as there is a Plastic ban that has been implemented and student bodies in bangalore are volunteering to clean-up the city and have made incredible progress. Having travelled to a few different countries in my time, I have observed one thing in common around the world. That is waste management around the world is considered the responsibility of the government in power and of civic bodies. My step? I intend to spread awareness about the use of plastics and the damage it does through social media channels and by launching a digital social media campaign to STOP the use of plastics once and for all. I intend to start with spreading the message in Monash University and educate and inspire young students to be more conscious about their actions. What we need today is people with well formed minds rather than well educated minds.


Alex Gebert's picture

Bottled Water?

My pledge is to stop drinking bottled water and advertise the availability and affordability of free water to students around campus. 31 billion bottles find their way into landfill and our oceans each year, and we choose to pay for that to happen.


Pip Taylor's picture

zero waste household

In Australia over 7 million tonnes of household waste is dumped into landfill each year. I am encouraging my household to commit to lowering their waste output. This year I have started a soft plastic recycling bin, which is taken to a redcycle bin ( each shopping trip. This soft plastic will then be recycled into useful things, such as park benches. I have also set up a compost heap in the backyard to make nutritious soil for our garden and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food-waste dumped in landfill. My household is also committed to sourcing our furniture from sustainable sources, such as gumtree, to reduce the amount of furniture waste in landfill.


Isabel Owen's picture

minimilist fashion challenge

This past month I have been working really hard to reduce clothing wastage. I have sorted through my clothes and donated all those that are in good condition and which I do not wear. After reading about different minimalism challenges I have challenged myself to limit my wardrobe to 30 items and not purchase any new clothing for the next 3 months! The rest of my clothes/shoes are in storage so I can change things up when the seasons change.


Isabel Owen's picture

PLant based power

This month I am going to eat totally plant based and avoid all animal products. Taking this step to lessen my personal impact on the environment!


Caitlin Nong's picture


After watching War on waste - Fashion waste, I've stopped buying new unnecessary clothes (despite being a big shoppaholic) and start DIY new clothes from the old ones. I also donated my unwanted clothes to Salvos.


Sindy Smith's picture

no more plastic waste

The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic each year. 50% of this plastic is only used once! Plastic waste is affecting our lands, waterways, oceans and especially marine animals. I am taking ONE STEP to help make change and raise awareness about easy solutions to reduce plastic footprints. I will do this by not using any type of one-use plastic items such as shopping bags, water bottles, and containers.


Tim Landells's picture

Shift in Mindset

1. Continue to inspire others to live a more environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle, and ultimately support leaders at the political level who invest in a sustainable future. I will do this through my start-up @mothernaturesmilk (Instagram) and website I am attempting to make sustainability and conservation cool, by living a fun, outdoor orientated lifestyle filled with adventure whilst minimising my footprint and maximising sustainability practises. 2. Make a conscious effort to reduce energy consumption on a daily basis, and switch to an energy provider who is highly supportive of renewable, clean energy. 3. Buy only sustainable and ethical products e.g. support companies who are by-catch friendly, apply sustainable farming practises and those who are against wide scale logging.


Courtney May's picture

Revolutionising our rubbish

I will attempt to minimise the waste to landfill that our household (as a whole) produces, given that greenhouse gases produced from landfill are a major contributor to global warming, and use diverted organic waste to reduce my own personal demand for fresh produce by using the newly-created compost to help grow my own vegetables!



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