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SDG 13: Climate action

Skylar Song's picture

A Cup A day painting diary

I've collected 30 coffee cup from different cafe around Melbourne in the past few months. In the following 30 days, i will paint an ocean creature living in Australia on each of the cup everyday, and post the cup painting as a diary everyday on the social media. To raise people’s awareness of coffee cup production’s harm to the ocean sustainability. “A cup for my daily coffee, a cup for the life in the ocean.” Even though many companies are calling for coffee cup recycling today, and many of us is using our own coffee cup, there is still large amount of plastic lids and paper cups being wasted and decomposite in the solid or ocean. Many over-wasting and over-packing phenomenon need to be censored. Especially those waste hidden behind the promotion of so-called “sustainable, recyclable product” No matter it is paper, plastic or recycle material, the more convenience these containers bring, the more harm it brings to these mystery residencys of the ocean.

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Sherburne Dias's picture

Reduce personal c. footprint

I am going to stop using private vehicles to go short distances like grocery shopping or going to university. I intend on walking and making use of public transport as I believe public transport wouldn’t be added to my personal carbon footprint. Moreover, I intend on purchasing a bicycle, with my money earned. It will not only help me reduce my carbon footprint but also help me save time and keep fit.

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MORE FOOD, LESS FOOTPRINT

My pledge is to grow more of my own vegetables sustainably at home by building wicking beds out of primarily recycled materials. Growing your own food helps to reduce our environmental footprint by eliminating transport and packaging requirements, and often uses less water and energy than industrially produced food. Furthermore, it can be cheaper than buying vegetables from the supermarket in the long-term. Wicking beds are a type of waterproofed planter where soil is suspended above a layer of water, allowing plants to draw water up through their roots as required, as opposed to relying on rainfall or irrigation. This reduces the amount of water required for successful growth, suppresses weeds by keeping the topmost layer of soil dry (thus negating the need for herbicides) and improves plant health by maintaining consistent moisture levels. The primary impediment to wicking beds is that typically they require large amounts of new plastic in order to waterproof the planters, and they are more expensive than typical beds. I have recently helped to build a traditional wicking bed and have observed its effectiveness – particularly in growing leafy greens that can be difficult to manage in Australia’s hot, dry climate. My proposal is to see if recycled wine barrels (cut in half) can be used as a way to create effective wicking beds while increasing the usage of recycled materials and reducing cost. Wine barrels would negate the need for expensive, energy intensive plastic to be used for waterproofing, and reduce the overall cost of the wicking bed itself. Furthermore, if the idea is successful, it could be adapted to other used items, such as metal drums or even bathtubs. As such, I think my pledge could contribute to various sustainable development goals, most notably: 2) zero hunger, by increasing people’s ability to grow nutritious food, 6) clean water, by reducing water usage required for food production, 12) responsible consumption and production, by reducing usage of environmentally costly products (particularly herbs and leafy greens that are typically packaged in plastic) and 13) climate action.

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Natalia Molina's picture

Sustainable eating

My pledge is to ensure my food consumption is more sustainable. I currently follow a plant-based diet; however, I understand that food sustainability requires additional actions. This is a significant global issue with food production leading to one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. I plan to purchase local and organic products plus growing vegetables at home to promote a sustainable supply chain. I will use a meal planner to only buy the food I require and monitor food in my fridge to make sure I use 100% of the food that I source. Finally, I aim to find a purpose for every piece of food to ensure it is used and does not go to waste. I.e. using over-ripe bananas to make banana cake. This commitment will lead to reduced carbon emissions from food transport and refrigerated storage, plus will reduce the contamination of soil and water that arise from the use of pesticides in the mass production of foods. Furthermore, monitoring the use of food will reduce food wastage.

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Shenela Fernando's picture

Reduce plastics

Plastic and waste production is a known issue in the world. Plastic is a great contributor to marine pollution all over the world. I want to take a personal step to reduce my plastic consumption. I believe that by consciously taking reusable bags while shopping can make a great impact as well. In addition, using a reusable water bottle, using wooden toothbrushes are all easy and convenient alternatives to their harmful plastic counterpart. I will continue to take a step to reduce my plastic consumption as well as spread awareness about the issue of our consumption.

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Raka Seto Pratama's picture

PLASTIC waste reduction

Knowing that plastic waste is a common issue in Earth's environment, I plan to shift my behaviour to contribute in waste reduction and recycling. According to WWF, about 9% of total plastic used is recycled in Australia. For my step, I will purchase a reusable shopping bag instead of buying plastic bags each time I go shopping. I will also purchase a refillable drinking water bottle. I will bring the bottle everywhere I go to reduce the need to purchase beverages during my travels. Furthermore, I will read out about waste separation and categorisation before I throw away my waste into the correct bins to help the efficiency of the recycling process. Reading about circular economy will also help me to move towards a sustainable lifestyle. I believe that these small steps would make an impact in reducing plastic waste.

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Kit Kirby's picture

De-polarise

Political or individual polarisation is a major factor in reducing the flexibility and responsivity of groups/companies/governments. This reduces the pace of progress and can halt action completely in many points of contention. Promoting regular conversion and collaboration across natural group of people can increase the diversity of views and reduce polarisation (particularly extreme polarisations). I aim to personally listen to those who I do not agree with and to find people who I would not normally talk to, while encouraging others to do the same.

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Shenela Fernando's picture

Reduce meat and dairy

I started my journey to be pescatarian a few months ago and I'd like to take a further step to reduce my daily consumption as well. -Replace dairy milk with plant based milks. - Find more recipes to focus on whole, plant based foods.

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Kit Kirby's picture

EAT GREENS

70% if the birds on earth are only there because humans put them there to eat (most of the 70% are chickens). There are substantial greenhouse emissions that come solely from meat production and delivery. I aim to become vegetarian by the end of the year.

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Kit Kirby's picture

Sustainable Garden

The step I'm taking is to plant native plants in my garden (including edible natives), along with a seasonal veggie patch.

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