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SDG 13: Climate action

Ved Walde's picture

LESS MEAT, MORE GREEN

I will progressively increase my greens- vegetables, and fruits consumption while reducing my meat consumption. With something so routine like meat, which forms the foundation of our daily meals, something which is the number one food on the tables of people worldwide, contributes significantly to climate change. Moreover, animal culture for food production is regarded as the most disastrous invention of humankind. The rationale underlying being the inefficiency in meat production. The production of meat involves an immense burden on the ecosystem. To cultivate one kilogram of beef, it improvidently demands 25 kilograms of grain or fodder to feed the livestock (Kehoe, 2016) and nearly 15000 liters of water (World Water Development Report,2019). Pork is comparatively less exhaustive, and chicken is less still. Furthermore, about 30% of the earth's arable land is used to foster livestock (Steinfeld,2006), collectively responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions (FAO, 2007). These resources could be progressively used for the reconstruction of the socio-economic fabric. Meat production and consumption are escalating progressively – The Global meat production has quadrupled over the past 50 years – The total production was roughly 71 million tons in 1961 to over 340 million tons in 2018 (Hannah Ritchie, 2019). And to support this extravagant production, more than 80billion animals are slaughtered each year for meat at an unsustainable rate to feed the rapidly multiplying population- The current global-human population of 7.6 billion is estimated to attain 8.6 billion in 2030. And then to 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion by the end of 2100 (The World Population Prospects, 2017). Without opting for prescriptive measures to mitigate carbon-emissions from a population that continues to grow and consume more than in the past, exceeding the biosphere's absorption capacity leading an unhealthy amount of emissions left unabsorbed by the ecosystem as a consequence. Meat production is predominantly a hefty check written against our planet's dwindling reserves and is solely accountable for World Hunger, Environmental Degradation, Human Health, and Animal Welfare; All at Once (Friedrich, 2018).

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Ved Walde's picture

Spreading awareness

I will take prescriptive steps to reduce my GHG footprint by adopting healthy and sustainable consumption habits while reducing my waste production. Along the way of progressively inculcating positive consumption habits, I will simultaneously reduce my waste production by adopting recycling and reusing strategies. Moreover, I will spread awareness about the expansive worldwide impact and ecological imbalance caused by meat production and consumption on climate change. Expansive Impact Worldwide and ecological imbalance of meat production and consumption caused by climate change:- (1) Livestock cultivation has massive GHG footprints, collectively responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions (FAO, 2007). Which is more than emissions from all forms of transportation put together(Rob Bailey, 2014) . (2)Production of meat contributes to deterioration land and water bodies, biodiversity extinction and deforestation . (3)This results in ecological disequilibrium, which induces irregular weather patterns. These continuous alterations in the weather in terms of acid rain, hail storm, water degradation, and soil erosion over a long period has caused the irreversible climate change we are witnessing (Prof Anthony Costello, 2009). (4)Meat Industry explicitly contribution to climate change posing multiple health and well-being risks through increased risk of extreme weather events , such as floods, droughts and heatwaves(Prof Anthony Costello, 2009).

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Noa Kerwick's picture

Step Up

Commit to walking or cycling to venues within a 10km radius rather than using public transportation or a vehicle - thereby reducing one's carbon footprint and promoting more sustainable lifestyles.

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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.

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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.

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

Cool!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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