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SDG 10: Reduce inequalities

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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Cheryl Tan's picture

ARE YOU AWARE?

Are you aware of underprivileged students who have been left behind during this pandemic and are unable to access the internet for online learning? As part of the growing phase, I realize how important education is and could be a life-changing event for most of us to have a better life for ourselves and our families. I am involved in a volunteering and community-based movement through an inspiring camp in Malaysia to support, empower and inspire underprivileged students. Our hope is to provide a positive impact on the lives of today's youth and to bring out the best of them for the nation.

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Cheryl Tan | 11/19/2020 - 19:26

Coming here to Melbourne really made me realize how privileged most of us are in terms of good education so I have always wanted to give back to the community to empower the youths back home. I feel that a lot needs to be done, but I hope we can raise public awareness and create a change through Green Steps. #togetherwechangelives

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Reshveny Sanmugam's picture

Healthy ageing

With the global pandemic, there was a rise in digital innovation and an increase usage of technology. The one group that are affected by this would be the elderly due to the lack of understanding of technology. Learning should not be restricted to a certain age group. I pledge to include elderly in our community and educate them on the basic digital and financial literacy to gain control over their finances and work. I would learn the right way to educate elderly and others on this and hope to one day extend it to all people regardless of age, gender or race. It would be great to see youths and elderly working alongside and helping each other.

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Peiyi Chen's picture

DOG DESERVES

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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Chandralekha C's picture

Advocate FOR PWD

Over the decade, we have seen so much growth in terms of how society has progressed forward. However, we are yet to achieve a socially just, accessible and inclusive community where all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated. We are still far behind in ensuring equal access for all people with disabilities in our everyday life. To ensure an inclusive community, I pledge to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities (PWD) through my social media account. I want to address issues like discrimination and marginalisation to which people with disability are often subject to in our community. I hope to cultivate discussions and create awareness, so we are able to design a community that is inclusive of all regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

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Rachana Manjunath | 11/17/2020 - 00:17

Interesting step

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Milly Copping James's picture

FORGET FAST FASHION

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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Olivia Henricus's picture

more greens, less meat!

Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. According to World Wildlife Fund, what we eat contributes to around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for 60% of the global diversity loss. This is why I have decided to move away from a meat-dominated diet to a more plant-based diet. I am going to eat sustainably sourced foods, buying from local produce in order to support local farmers and small businesses where possible. To start out, I will cut down my red meat consumption from 5 days a week to 2 days a week and after a month, further cut down to no meat. In addition, I am going to look out for the fair trade certification seal on foods to ensure I am not only tackling the issue of the conservation of the environment, but also poverty and poor working conditions.

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Monica Coleman's picture

LISTEN AND LEARN

My goal is to incorporate knowledge and respect of First Nations people into my life and work. Specifically, I want to read writings and books by Indigenous authors to ensure I am respecting and learning from them. The first book on my list is 'Sand Talk' by Tyson Yunkaporta. From increasing my understanding, I want to go into the workplace actively contributing to create a socially inclusive society and incorporating indigenous knowledge to address the issues around climate change in Australia.

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Monique Walker's picture

SPEAK UP!

Having adopted sustainable habits throughout the past couple of years and becoming more aware of the carbon footprint of my everyday activities, my next step is to speak up and use my voice to influence systemic change. I have often had moments of intention to advocate for climate action and more sustainable government policy, but have always been uncertain of where to start. While the right to physically gather to protest has been put on hold during the pandemic, I know there are other ways we can use our voices to influence change. Carbon emissions have been reduced slightly due to travel bans this year, however, this is a temporary change. [1] It is well reported that effective pandemic recovery must include strong climate action from our governments at all levels. [2] So I plan to use my voice and unite with others to influence meaningful change on sustainable development issues. [1] https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1061082 [2] https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/how-countries-climate-ambitions-can-support-sustainable-recovery-covid-19-coronavirus Photo: Tiff Ng, sourced from Canva

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Bahar Mirzae's picture

Giving back

On monthly bases, i ensure i contribute to foundation ranging from supporting education to environmental institution to support those who are disadvantage and environmental . no matter how little, it will create change! i aim to contribute to more organisation Feel free to comment any foundations.

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