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SDG 13: Climate action

Russell Reader's picture

Growing my own food

Taking a permaculture design course so I can learn about regenerative agriculture and making the most of the resources I have available to me. A lot can be grown in a backyard. I've been growing veggies for some time already, the photo is part of my harvest from 2020.


Michael Vogrinec's picture

On Ya Bike!

Riding to work/University will save on petrol emissions/ use of fossil fuels. The health and wellbeing benefits that come from exercise speak for themselves. Now to find my next challenge... where'd I put my helmet?


zahibaa sameer's picture

No more Plastic

Stop plastic that is used for water bottles, snacks and even plastic bags for takeaway that we often don't bother too much about.


Darsh Chauhan's picture

redesigning waste processes

Among our local communities, there exists a need to rethink the way we manage waste. While there is a clear recycling system by which we all abide when we are disposing of household waste, few of us consider where it ends up and how it's dealt with. By scrapping the existing structures and replacing them with sustainable systems - as opposed to systems which simply deal with sustainability - our treatment of waste will be more productive. Creating products, services and chains which seek to address this issue may then be applied to a range of stakeholders, including corporations and the government. As an example, much of Australia's waste management is often outsourced to developing countries, where it is handled improperly. By either instituting more environmentally-friendly systems abroad, or by localising waste treatment, we could move closer to a more sustainable global society. Much of this issue requires solutions which are specific, customised and necessitate intense redevelopment, but by responding communally, we undertake to respond effectively.


Lara Williamson's picture

Banking with conscious

I am pledging to switch banks to a bank that does not support fossil fuels. I recently became aware that the bank I was with, the National Bank of Australia, lent $7 billion to the fossil fuel industry in the last 5 years. I want to trust my hard-earned savings with a bank that represents my values. For that reason, I am switching to Bank Australia; a bank that supports a just transition to renewable energy and a more sustainable future for all.




Let's reduce the use of disposable tableware as much as possible to help minimise environmental issues. As reported, disposable coffee cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles and it is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That's approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day!. In addition, the use of disposable tableware increased significantly during the COVID-19, mainly due to the increased demand for takeaway food. Coupled with the low awareness of waste classification and environmental protection, the environmental pollution problem was even more serious during the pandemic. Let's do our part to help the environment by reducing the use of disposable tableware and disposing of the waste properly! "Recycle is good, Reuse is better but Reduce is best."


Harriet Harte's picture

Increase circularity practice

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.


Lilith Rowles's picture

Greens and beans

The impact of the dairy and meat industry on the world and its ecosystems is hard to overstate. In Australia, the agriculture sector produces 84 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year, most of which is a result of methane production by cattle and sheep (Department of Agriculture, 2014). Livestock also put strain on water sources with almost one third of freshwater globally being used for animal products (Gerbens-Leenes et al., 2013). Furthermore, the livestock industry is a leading cause for deforestation and land degradation. 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is a result of arigcultrual clearing which then provides the vast areas required for livestock food production and grazing (Nepstad et al., 2008). This leads to habitat destruction, land erosion and less carbon sequestering forests. While health conditions and access issues may mean that cutting out meat and dairy sources is not appropriate, the more we can reduce the reliance on the livestock industry the less it will weigh upon our environment. As such, I will be taking one step to cut out my meat and dairy consumption.


Megan Broadway's picture

biodegradable and recyclable

Grocery shopping in today's world is not only simply sustaining your own nutrition and buying supplies, it is now an indication to corporations which products speak to the consumer market. The rise of green advertising and green product packaging is now leading to greenwashing and manipulation of culturally and environmentally aware consumers. My one step is to shop with awareness as an active consumer and buy food products only in biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Beyond this the idea is to also ensure that products are not greenwashing, such as Woolworths did in 2007 through APP with non sustainable tissue products despite labeling. I dedicate myself to being aware of this, knowing which paper and plastic products are recyclable and encouraging others to do the same.


Reeya Ujoodha's picture


Clothes and other items never remain forever by our side. Eventually they become smaller in size, out of style or etc. I have many such items such as shoes, clothes, bags and jewelleries that I do not use. After giving so much to orphanages, after a while they told us that they had enough items for twice the amount of children. Therefore I came up with an idea. THRIFTING! It was a win-win situation and got some friends to embark on this journey with me. I plan to start a website or a page on social media to sell my items at very low prices. In this way, I am decreasing wastage. Also, I am decreasing my carbon footprint, since the production of clothes and its shipping costs a lot of non-renewable energy. With thrifting, people will buy less new clothes and will only aid in recycling old ones. Win-win indeed!



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