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SDG 13: Climate action

Kandappa Kamalabaskaran's picture

Sustainable transport

The amount of waste that comes from the car industry is huge! Every car that is built new takes up tonnes of the worlds resources bith in manufacturing, and in the product itself. As such, I am making an effort to keep my car for as long as possible without buying a new one, even if it broke down. I will of course be taking public transport whenever possible. However, never using a car in my life and location is unavoidable so I intend to perform as minimal waste as possible with it. This means whenever it needs servicing, I will find 2nd hand parts and search on how to fix it myself if possible, so I know that no environmental shortcuts are happening and I will aim to never buy another car until electronic (or another form of sustainable) cars are available. This money that I happen to be saving from self-services and not buy new cars, will be used to purchase this to then reduce emmissions.


Hashini Udugoda's picture


- I have made a pledge to stop buying single use plastics and to always have a reusable bag handy whenever I go out shopping. People don't realise how much plastic they use and throw away with every purchase, and these usually end up in landfills or oceans, harming our environment and wildlife. If everyone made the commitment to stop using single use plastics, we could significantly cut down the demand for plastic, this will in turn reduce our global emissions energy usage. - aside from reusable bags, I have made a pledge to be cautious about the goods that I buy, sticking to more ethically packaged products.


Will Lyons's picture

Sustainable vegetable patch

With an ongoing effort to reduce my own carbon footprint, I pledge to start my own vegetable garden and composting system. This will allow me to produce home grown fruit and veg and compost food waste in order to resupply hungry plants with organic nutrients to grow.


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.



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