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SDG 13: Climate action

Jimmy Ying's picture

circular textiles economy

Did you know that 6000kg of clothing and textiles are dumped in landfill every 10 minutes in Australia (MSDI, 2020). I will be documenting my journey in creating a financially sustainable business whose end goal is to reduce the amount of clothing and textiles that end up in landfill in Australia. I will commit to working towards this goal with the aim of having a business prototype in a month's time. I will keep myself accountable through weekly updates.


Angela Veljanoska's picture

Slow Down Fast Fashion

The fast fashion phenomenon is speeding at a high rate. Many popular apparel companies take advantage of hard working labourers (especially from developing countries) to create the clothes we wear, and in return receive little to no pay. Meanwhile, ecosystems are impacted greatly as natural resources such as water are used to produce the clothing we add to our wardrobe. Additionally, fashion manufacturing companies produce heavy smoke and toxic chemicals that potentially impact the air vulnerable communities breathe in, and can cause health problems for biodiversity. I challenge myself to become more sustainably-conscious about the brands I buy/wear and I reduce my carbon footprint by limiting my shopping behaviour on new clothing, and support local vintage shops that sell pre-loved clothes. A shirt with a small rip thrown away equals to throwing away the many hours and resources spent on manufacturing and distribution. Slow down fast fashion to create a sustainable (and fashionable) future.



Russell Reader | 06/29/2021 - 11:39



Sophie Emder's picture

Forging a new norm(al)

To work towards quality education and advocate for climate solutions, I will volunteer my time with the Monash Move it For Good Campaign and I will continue my climate change advocacy work with two climate NGO's. I will expand this work into my daily life, by submitting articles to a student-led newspaper about the intersection of climate change, human security and an environmentally informed public. My aim is to advocate for the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to climate change, education and sustainability. To ensure an equitable future, we need to harness the capabilities of economists, social researchers, physicists, diplomats and rights advocates. Small scale thinking applied to trans-national and trans-disciplinary crises such as climate change and quality education will not be sufficient. We need to think local in order to shift the global.


Sindhu Bhargavi Nalajala's picture

Green commuting

Green commute promotes personal health and ensures a healthy planet for all to inhabit in the future. I choose to combine active transportation options like walking and biking with public transportation options depending on the travel distance to make my commute sustainable over the long term. Also, I will motivate my friends and colleagues to use cycle by lending my bike. Slow-moving cars emit more fumes, making traffic jams and red lights unhealthy and unsustainable. Driving to work is often linked to anxiety, while green commuting, on the other hand, has been linked to higher life satisfaction, better health, and improved mood. Riding a bike or walking to work can help you show up awake, sharp, and focused. An active commute incorporates physical activity into our daily routine in a necessary way. Choosing public transportation offers us a chance to socialize, read the news, or do a crossword puzzle before the workday/school starts instead of only being able to focus on the road and navigating tricky traffic.


Susell Diaz-Gutierrez's picture

Composting food waste

For the next five weeks, I will research and participate in composting food scraps, among various other compostable materials and items. Reading articles and blogs about composting, buying a compost bin, and composting appropriate food scraps are some of the actions I will take to partake in my goal. The first week, I will start by purchasing a compost bin and learning which form of composting to choose from, or at least to what extent. In the following five weeks, I hope to look at composting less as an experiment and more as a new habit for the long term. Food waste is a major issue in America and across the world, so this experiment will help me track my own food waste, become more cautious about what foods and materials I purchase and consume, and think more critically about food sources, biodiversity, and waste in general. I also hope to encourage some of my friends and family to begin this journey of composting with me!


Nicholas Alexopoulos's picture

stop fast fashion purchases

One of the things that a lot of people don't realize is how wasteful and socially unethical fast fashion is. According to the World Watch Institute it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water just to make one cotton t-shirt, correlating to an amount of drinking water that accommodates one person for 900 days. The cotton industry itself is responsible for 24% of the world's insecticide use and 11% of its pesticides. Not only this, it takes on average 10,000 liters of water to produce just one kilogram of cotton. So it is our responsibility to quit fast fashion and support more sustainable and ethical brands. The likes of Adidas, Nike, Uniqlo, Rip Curl, H&M, Cotton On, Primark, Wish and Urban Outfitters (plus many many more) are associated with at least one of the following disastrous social and environmental impacts: 1. The use of toxic chemicals 2. The severe contamination of water used for washing and drinking 3. The failure to care about animal rights - use of animal products for clothing (leather, fur etc.) 4. The use of child and forced labor 5. The violation of labor rights 6. Poor working conditions and unfair wages - prioritizing profits over individual wellbeing's 7. The authorization of unsafe factories 8. Failure to protect the environment and all natural resources The overproduction and overconsumption of cheap disposable clothing is due to the ever present clothing trends present throughout social media, magazines and online articles. Unfortunately a large sum of people succumb to cheap, new and trendy clothing, and therefore ultimately support the conditions in which these fashion brands uphold. Therefore, as consumers we have the opportunity to care more about the environment, how our clothes are made and the people who made them. We can do this by: 1. Buying less - asking ourselves if we really need this new piece of clothing. 2. Buying higher-quality clothing 3. Buying from ethical and sustainable brands - eg. Patagonia, Kathmandu, Pact, NICO, Etiko 4. Avoiding fashion trends 5. Buying secondhand 6. Re-using, repurposing and up-cycling


Reshveny Sanmugam's picture

reduce plastic waste

The past couple of years, we have been seeing the effect of increased plastic consumption and the damage it does to our environment. Growing up, this was not something that worried me. I am ashamed to say that I was one of the many who never monitored my plastic consumption behaviour. As I got older, I read and watched the adverse effects plastic brings about to our planet. That's when I decided that I needed to do something and I cannot be this ignorant. I have been conscious of my plastic consumption over the last 3 years. Some of my actions are as follows - opting to use metal straws, bringing my own reusable bag to supermarket, investing in KeepCup, using biodegradable plastic bags for trash bin instead of plastic bags. I know that I have much more to learn and change. I am taking this pledge to be more conscious of my plastic consumption and encourage everyone around me to be more mindful of their plastic consumption.


Miqdad M Wakeel's picture

Reduce fossil fuel footprint

According to the Climate Council Australia, transport is the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in Australia, resulting in nearly 17% of the country’s emissions per year. This sector has also observed a rapid growth, increasing by 60% in the last three decades. Roughly half of the transport emissions in Australia are caused by cars. To put this into perspective, cars in Australia emit nearly the same amount of greenhouse gases as Queensland’s entire coal and gas fired electricity supply. There are a number of ways through which transport emission rates can be reduced significantly. Access to reliable and comfortable public transport, and other viable alternatives to driving such as cycling and walking is one of the foremost solutions to drive down transport emission rates. The reason why public transport is a better alternative for transport requirement is that it involves less emission per person kilometre than cars in Australia. For instance, the average emission rate of CO2 by an average car sold in Australia in 2015 was as much as 184 gCO2/km. Comparing this to metro trains, light rails and bus transport systems, the average rates drop to 3-22 gCO2/km per person. Thus, the use of public transport can lead to significantly fewer emissions per person per kilometre than an average car used. Australia has been ranked the second worst for transport energy efficiency when compared with 23 of the largest energy-using countries. This in turn suggests that as a country, we have high emitting cars, a low use of public transport and low spending on public transport (to name a few). Although development in management and infrastructure of the transport sector is very important, I do believe that we, as individuals, can play a significant role in reducing our greenhouse emission rates. The Victorian Government’s Health Hub classifies walking, cycling and public transport as active transport. The use of active transport is directly related to better health outcomes, improved social connectedness and a reduced health issues that are related to air pollution. These insights emphasised the benefits of the use of public transport. Therefore, I decided to take this step to play my role in reducing my greenhouse gas emissions. Through my years of study, I have always used the public transport to reduce my fossil fuel footprint. This is despite the fact that I have access to a car. Additionally, the use of trains and buses, and walking around has had a significant impact on my health, time efficiency and travel expenses. I strongly believe that every member of the community can play their role in creating a safer, cleaner and healthier environment for a better future.


Shinta Nourma's picture


I put one highlight on my personal Instagram account to raise awareness about a sustainable lifestyle. Remember it is not only important to advocate yourself, but other people too! I am not perfectly zero-waste at this point, but I am trying my best.


Shinta Nourma's picture


I keep a container on my kitchen counter to collect food scraps that I will compost at the end of the day.



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