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SDG 14: Sustainable oceans

jem carver's picture

reduce plastics and paper

reduce the amount of printing i do in general and try to share and write things electronically rather than on paper. Reduce my use of single use plastics including takeaway containers, plastic bags and water bottles


Cameron Lyon's picture

Monash University Sustainable Development Volunteering Program

Without help, the people, communities and natural environments that are significantly impacted by global challenges struggle to overcome these challenges and experience a sustainable and prosperous future. This One Step has the potential to work towards achieving each one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It consists of creating a sponsored sustainability focused leadership program for emerging leaders at Monash University. Students will be sponsored to lead a project addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Projects could include establishing a system where children and their families in Nepal have access to vaccinations, building appropriate education facilities in Bangladesh, travelling to Kenya to install clean water and sanitation facilities or stopping all single-use plastic consumption in Monash University. In addition, each project would aim to empower locals in each destination by equipping them with the knowledge and resources enabling them to continue sustainable practices in the future. It is the aim that each program will contribute to global sustainability while developing the sustainable leadership of Monash University students.


Eduarda Cuadros Marquez's picture


Day a day we produce and use a lot of single-use plastics that we may think : it is just one for plastics fork or one plastic straw, how bad can it be? well, maybe if you put 7 billion people saying the same thing everyday it changes right? Trying to live a zero waste lifestyle means to make the less waste and trash in our day-to-day life. It involves a lot of motivation and commitment. Living a zero waste life doesn't happen overnight it is a process. How to do this? Well, plastic bottles and plastic bags are the worst single-use offenders that mostly end up in our oceans. A good way to start a zero waste life is getting a reusable bottle and bags for groceries! to avoid the plastic bags in the checkout. I consider myself a coffee person, so instead of asking for a take away cup i have my keep cup always with me. There are so many changes that I'm making in this journey to a zero waste life like reusable straws, containers, bamboo toothbrushes, among others. I'm in this process for almost 10 months already and it feels so good to know that you are actually doing something to stop this climate and environment crisis. From caring comes change and like a rubbish bin, the earth is filling up with trash. "We don't need just a couple of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need a million doing it imperfectly." -Anne Marie Bonneau (zero waste chef)


Michelle Nguyen's picture

Saving the sea

Cosmetics and products that we use on our skin, hair and bodies may be inadvertently harming the environment; land and marine ecosystems. These products whilst may be marketed as 'green' products may be releasing non-biodegradable molecules into the environment. For example, sunscreen not engineered for marine life may be harmful to the oceans as there is no filtration or septic system that processes the product before being released into the ocean. Body scents, body soaps may all carry the same risk. An Australian government report from 2018 details the effect of plastic and pollutants on corals; exposure to any plastic or pollutant increases the corals likelihood of contracting disease from 4% to 89%. Being mindful of what the product is made of and how the residue can be washed into water systems is a good start to becoming more aware of the effects of our products. I will replace my current products with biodegradable, marine safe products to prevent more pollutants from reaching the sea and our water supply.


Thy Do's picture


50% of all the waste we dispose of every day in our homes can be "recycled" and put back into our garden in the form as compost and mulch to improve the quality of our soil and provide nutrients for our home grown fruit trees and vegetables to thrive! By putting aside fruit and vegetable peels, cores, and other food scraps and turning it into compost, I am not only reducing the amount of organic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill but also reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and frequency of how much I water my plants!


Yueheng HU's picture


Always bring my own reusable keep-cup, sports bottle and fabric shopping with me, and avoid consuming disposable products in my daily life.


Sarith Gunaratne's picture


I will apply for VGREEN ambassador at my place of employment (Village Cinemas Australia) which thus allows me to implement and report sustainable actions on site. An example would be the usage of renewable straws.


Sarith Gunaratne's picture


I will always bring bottled water from home in a re-usable drink bottle to thus prevent the purchasing of bottled water. I will also influence the people around me to as well in an effort to reduce the usage of plastic in everyday life.


Phoebe Williams's picture

Towards zero waste

I want to reduce the amount of waste I am creating everyday and live more sustainably. I want to do this by reducing the amount of single-use plastic and other non-biodegradable materials. I am inspired by the Hobart city council's recent bylaw which will ban the use of single use plastics in the city. I aim to make conscious, ethical and sustainable decisions everyday In what I purchase, use and throwaway. I hope to live more sustainably in the next couple months and help encourage those around me to make small changes in their everyday life to help change the single-use plastic culture that is detrimental to the environment.



clean & green environment

I will definitely continue my current trend of riding my cycle to university or walking instead of relying on the public transport vehicles. Riding a cycle or walking is good for the health in the sense that it helps in keeping the mind fresh and the body in a perfect tone. Moreover, I will try to maintain my gardening skills and plant more and more trees. Small changes can always make a big difference. I will also switch my reliance on to the renewable energy sources in the coming generations instead of relying on the conventional energy sources, as everyone knows these conventional energy sources are the cause of the global climate change.



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