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SDG 13: Climate action

Violet LI's picture

Detailed waste sorting

Hazardous, Household Food, Recyclable..... Adhere to more detailed garbage classification, low-carbon life can effectively alleviate climate change


Shinta Nourma's picture


I propagated this beautiful plant from a friend's garden and made a beautiful pot by recycling an empty liquid soap container. I had lots of fun getting creative and made this! There are a lot of things you can do to reuse empty containers from food or beauty products! Be creative.


Ella Schulze-Willey's picture

Slow Down Fast Fashion!

I know from personal experience, that as an individual you can sometimes feel powerless in the face of climate change. However, an impact can be made from such a simple decision as buying pre-loved items over brand new fast fashion. Whilst fast fashion saves money the costs are felt in the harm it inflicts upon the environment and sweatshop workers. I am deciding to move towards slow, ethical and sustainable fashion and only buy from op-shops or if necessary from brands selling sustainably produced items.


Peiyi Chen's picture


I would like to see more pet-friendly public places like restaurants, gardens in China. Every pet would be taking good care of and no more stray animals


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Citizen Science

I believe that encouraging an appreciation for and connection to life on land, promotes care for life on land. After the devastating bushfire season, citizen science provides a way for people to actively contribute to saving species and find hope in the healing environment. Citizen science is scientific research conducted by the general public. It can gather evidence of the changing climate, generate interest in the environment, and bring a community together. That is why my Green Step pledge is participating in citizen science by using the app, ClimateWatch, and documenting life on land through photos and videos on a weekly basis. PROGRESS: I have recorded film footage including of blue-faced honeyeaters building a nest and hatching young, taken photos of plants like the one above, and performed weekly recordings of a deciduous tree’s leaf loss and generation of new leaves that I uploaded to the ClimateWatch dataset to contribute to evidence for the impacts of climate change on biological life cycles. Appreciating Australia’s rich biodiversity through citizen science, encourages me to continue developing my sustainable practices and make positive changes in my own life.


Nadine Nugraha's picture

Cycling master

Cycling as a main method transportation is a really good way to reduce your footprint. I will try to cycle everywhere, and take public transportation to places that are further.


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Impact Investment

My One Step pledge is to adopt impact investing so that my investment approach is done through an ESG/SDG lens. Initially, when I began my investment journey, I invested with only aspirations of maximising monetary gains, setting aside or placing less emphasis on, the social and environmental impacts offrom the business operations. Whilst financial gain is still a key objective of my portfolio actions, it is now imperative to me that I invest in companies which value transparency and have transition plans that are aligned with the SDGs. I do this because I recognise the importance and influence that multinational cooperation’s play in this fight against social injustice and climate change. If we continue to financially support the types of businesses who are not adopting ESG principles and are not aligned to the SDG’s, it only reinforces harmful behaviour which further exacerbates our deteriorating global situation. The investments I make now and into the future will be for positive environmental, social and climate impact enabling me to participate in transitioning to a sustainable future.


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Mask off the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the increased usage of disposable goods; cutlery; straws and especially, masks. Whilst an essential aspect to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it has detrimental impacts upon the environment. It has implications on the future of medical PPE. How can be we become more environmentally sustainable in a world that is heavily reliable on disposable PPE? An optimal solution is one that can be disposed of without environmental damage and does not compromise the quality of medical PPE. Thus, my commitment is to advocate for sustainable options around Monash University, specifically biodegradable or reusable materials. My 3 actions are: 1. Promote- engage with people in the community through social media on the importance of resuseable utensils 2. Campaign- advocate the idea of biodegradable PPE with organisations, including the university. 3. Model- act as a role model through taking responsible actions. This includes using sustainable utensils and encouraging other to do the same.


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Athira Krishna Go Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate a vegan-friendly meal plan for 3 months. I have been avoiding red meats and dairy products in my diet. I am also trying to incorporate a well - balanced meal plan. I would like to reduce the consumption of meats in total and also try to produce my own veggies. I have been growing some coriander, parsley, silverbeet, thyme and lettuce in my garden. I would like to stick to a sustainably sourced meal plan also create awareness in others. I am also planning to launch an Instagram page where I would promote my knowledge of veganism with talks and real-life inspired stories from dietary vegan following individuals.


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In today's world, more and more of us are regularly turning to cheap, readily-available fast fashion, myself included. This is an industry which not only does immense harm to the planet, but also perpetuates global inequalities through sweat-shop like conditions and extremely low pay, deepening the divide between the global north and south, and between rich and poor. My one step is to stop giving in to fast fashion and instead focus on exclusively buying sustainable or second-hand clothing which has a transparent supply chain - or even simply not buying at all. This is also a part of a broader problem within our society; the consumer mindset which pushes us to constantly buy, upgrade and discard without thinking. I would therefore like this first step of stopping fast fashion to be part of a bigger personal movement towards being a more conscious consumer in general. I think that this movement could also successfully be implemented at university, as it is an issue which many students feel guilty about but also feel powerless to do anything substantial about. This is a problem which encompasses so many disciplines - from environmental science, to global studies, psychology and business just to name a few. As a university wide, interdisciplinary initiative, we have a real chance at meaningfully tackling the issue of fast fashion in Melbourne.



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