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SDG 10: Reduce inequalities

Mugni Bustari's picture

TASKU ( My bag)

Using and selling reusable shopping bag for shopping to solve plastic bag pollution and support equality education for orphans.

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Sabrina Oelhafen's picture

FIRST NATIONS' EMPOWERMENT

To become more sustainable, I believe it is crucial to understand the land one lives on and its history, and in Australia First Nations undoubtedly know it best. First Nations' communities voices have been condemned and silenced for decades and I believe it is time for everyone to listen and learn. There is so much more that we can learn from First Nations about history, land, language, culture, flora, and fauna, etc. To achieve this step, I will begin to read more books published by First Nation authors, attend presentations/workshops lead by First Nations and continue to show curiosity towards their knowledge and stories.

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Nicholas Alexopoulos's picture

LIMIT FOOD WASTE

1.3 billion tons of food rots at home or on store shelves worldwide every year. 30-50% of food stocked in supermarkets is later thrown out by consumers. 21% of global landfill consists of wasted food products. Now is the time to start addressing food wastage at local levels so that we can maximize our edible products, prevent overconsumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions released from landfill burning. We can achieve this by thinking outside the box and becoming more educated about our food products. For example, we can shop more productively by only buying what we need on a daily basis. Additionally, composting turns our food scraps into energy for plants, and freezing preserves leftover meals for longer periods of time. However, one of the most underrated solutions is getting more creative in the kitchen. We can preserve and ferment vegetables, use stems, stalks and carcasses for sauces and stocks, plus utilize ginger and cucumber peelings to perk up water. We can even transform our leftovers into new meals and use every aspect of our vegetables. For example, keeping the skin on pumpkin and utilizing the seeds not only adds nutrients and flavor but also reduces waste. Coffee grounds also act as a great fertilizer for plants and a natural mosquito repellent. By 2050, it is expected that we would need 3 planet earths to sustain current lifestyles for the projected population of 9.6 billion. Therefore, by maximizing our food products we can help reduce overconsumption. Purchasing less food reduces demand and places less pressure on the agricultural and food production industry. Therefore, the food otherwise wasted can be used to improve food distribution to rural low-income communities who suffer from hunger, poverty and poor access to food. Ultimately, by thinking smart with food we can limit food waste, greaten consumption efficiency and address social and health inequalities in low-income countries.

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Quan Boi Tran's picture

fund my local charities

For the first time, I am trading the funds that would otherwise go to organising a birthday party, to donate to charity. I realised that many community members have collaborated to form charities to achieve the same goal as I am: to protect the environment. This year, we are donating to Bush Heritage, who partners with Indigenous Australians to manage and conserve land. We are extremely grateful for the Traditional Custodians who work relentlessly to protect our ecosystems, including wildlife and natural resources. I hope that my friend and I's small generosity will provide the necessary fundings for organisations to sustain into the future.

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Kumiko Kitano's picture

community engagement

According to the Swinburne University's survey, 1 in 2 Australians report feeling more lonely since COVID-19. I was one of those who spent time with loneliness. During the lockdown, I gave back to the community and got to know my neighbors by donating household items and food to "The little free pantry", a donation box at a nearby church. I wanted to help those in need, and it was a great experience for me to see someone take home something I had donated. This kind of donation to the community not only reduces waste and improves public safety, but also has a great power to heal people's hearts. I think the reason for this is the warmth of the human connection between the donors and the recipients. It's a small step, but it was a big learning experience for me.

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Li Li's picture

Go Ahead

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Isabella Cafari's picture

NOT SO FAST, FAST FASHION!

I am pledging to be a more responsible consumer; buying less, and choosing better. The presence of mass-market retailers, and the ever-growing pressure to reduce prices, fuels this industry (which is consequently destroying our planet). I am not only going to ensure I am purchasing from local, sustainable small brands, but am also shopping secondhand from platforms such as depop! Further, given that the average person only wears 40% of their clothing, I am going to repurpose, sell, or donate clothes in which I do not wear. It is also super important to acknowledge the wealth disparity between who is making the products, and who is selling them, and by supporting fast fashion I know I can never be sure that this process is equitable. By refusing to purchase from powerful and wealthy retailers, and encourage my friends to follow my lead, I hope I may be able to promote change.

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Shahneezar Thevakumar's picture

Health, a key to change

To explore the broader effects of taking care of one's health, both physical and mental. I intend to convert to a vegetarian diet so as to help curb the carbon emissions from the meat industry. This will also give me a chance to experience any health benefits a vegetarian diet might bring. Additionally, I will be taking walks on a regular basis with friends. These walks will be a way to maintain physical wellbeing while checking in with a friend. It is important to check in on people you haven't seen in a long time, especially after the last few months of lockdown. Lastly, a friend and I have created an Instagram page to shed some light on the mental health struggles of people of colour. The Instagram page also serves as a platform to provide build a community and empower people of colour.

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Yeh Fu's picture

monash green monday

Develop a habit to eat vegetarian once a week on Monday for Monash students and staff. The restaurants in Monash will be asked to provide a vegetarian set which is Monday-only. Then I will promote this activity through social media to let people get this information. In addition, 10% of the revenue from those vegetarian sets will be sent to the organizations in need.

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Samuel de Pury's picture

sustainable psychology

The concept "sustainability" often motivates discussion of outcome manipulation, eg: "reduced food waste". Such outcomes are typically envisioned and sought after using unsustainable procedures. For a complex system (eg: a business, a person) to be sustainable it must maintain itself indefinitely, not just produce sustainable outcomes. “Sustainability” is therefore a state, not an endpoint. To maintain sustainability, the structure of a system must be comprised of self-stabilising internal mechanisms. For example, your computer is an unsustainable system since it cannot repair itself. Your eyes are sustainable systems since they can recover from superficial injury without intervention. In seeking to determine the preconditions for a sustainable global civilisation, I realised that my way of approaching the topic of sustainability was itself unsustainable. Since that realisation, I have been studying psychology. I seek to approach sustainability from the ground up. How is my way of thinking about sustainability itself sustainable? How can self-stabilising psychological techniques be applied to larger scale outcome-oriented sustainability endeavours? I then developed a psychological technique for practicing sustainability. Each day I list my sustainable activities and my unsustainable activities, with the added condition that each day must include more sustainability than the last. This technique gives my pursuit of sustainable outcomes viability, integrity, depth, reflectivity, originality, and versatility. My psychological and systems-oriented approach to sustainability could be applied to individuals, relationships, groups, businesses, organisations, and societies and could refine our collective pursuit of a sustainable world.

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