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SDG 10: Reduce inequalities

Sabrina Sharpe's picture

Sharing my meal

It is devastating how much some human beings live without. According to the World Bank, there are at least 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty, barely able to afford food, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities. Here in Australia, many of us are fortunate enough to afford an excess of these necessities. I never want to take for granted how fortunate I am. Share The Meal is an app created by the UN World Food Programme that offers us an affordable and easy way to feed undernourished children in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Uganda. When I first saw this app I was inspired! What an incredible way to tackle extreme poverty and hunger around the globe! For every meal I enjoy over the next 12 months which was not made with my own two hands, I pledge today to share it with a hungry child.

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Iona Mapa's picture

SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS

I am currently studying a Masters Degree in Inclusive (and Special) Education, because I believe that the best possible future we can have is on that includes helping everyone develop to their best potential - and that starts in schools! I am also currently looking for volunteer opportunities in the community, to support children and youth with disabilities.

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Meg Grigarius's picture

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

We've all heard it before... throughout primary school, high school, Uni and even at work. But how far do we take this catchy slogan? It wasn't until last year and the beginning of this year that I really thought about the 3 R's in depth. I learnt a great deal more about what it really meant, in both your personal life and the wider community. As a step that I have been following for the past year I have developed the concept further to fit in with my journey towards sustainable living. It goes; REDUCE - Consumption?? How much do I consume, daily to monthly, to even yearly. Fast-fashion was a really concerning topic for me. The industry is the epitome of a throwaway mindset. Clothes are made for next to nothing with exported labour costs worryingly low, using the cheapest, generally toxic materials at rapid paces. The used resources like the amount of water, the cotton, and after that the Co2 emissions that are unleashed make for an environmental catastrophe. Clothes being perhaps my most common buys - This year I am saying NO to the fast-fashion industry, YES to what I already have, to vintage/secondhand, to clothing swaps and more. To buying what I need, and not to the shiny new things. This leads us into the next R, REUSE: Looking at what I already have, and finding something new in them everyday, tending and fixing things that might break or tear and most of all being appreciative of the abundance of luxuries I've been lucky enough to have. It put me in a mindset that I already have everything I need to be happy, everything else is just a luxury! *A luxury that I cherish Restyling outfits had me pulling things out from 5 years ago, that I absolutely love now. RECYCLE; I found myself thinking about recycling as a last resort, because if your can recycle things again personally, it's really just reusing? This Christmas I wrapped my presents in cut- offs from material we had lying around. Most of the material was given back to me, where I can now use that for other projects or to wrap presents again. What once was a recycling event has turned to a reuse! Evidently, this is much more a first world problem where consumption is at a all time high. But reusing can be applied to almost anything, and doesn't always have to mean a major change. Reusing works hand in hand with reducing, as long as I'm committed to buying minimal and necessity (which will be different for everyone). I pledge to continue finding ways to infiltrate all 3 within my life and my surrounding community.

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Pippa Campbell's picture

Resume Recognition of Caring

Women take up 68% of family caring roles in Australia, including care of children, parents, sick and disabled family members. This work is unpaid and unrecognised. Time taken out of the traditional workplace is considered a resume black hole, but these roles are jobs that have skills that can be transferred into the workplace. I want to create a workplace accreditation to recognise these skills both on a resume and in a job interview. This will allow women to be recognised more fully for their contribution and encourage their ability to compete in the workplace. It will also allow workplaces to be accredited and recognised for their commitment to gender equality.

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Naja Voorhoeve's picture

Hi, I'm non-neurotypical

You are going to be my tools to succeed! At uni I need extra support because I am non-neurotypical (non-NT) but how can you support me if you don't know? Since non-NT students need all the help we can get, I'm going to wear a non-NT badge and together we can reduce inequality and ensure #access and #equity for all! Would someone like to design a badge for me?

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Dristi Gautam's picture

BECOME A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE CONSUMER

Finishing high-school and preparing to leave home and hearth for university meant that I had a lot of cleaning, clearing and sorting to do. I dreaded it. Two reasons why: one, I knew that the time-consuming nature of the task before me would suck the joy out of summer; and two, I didn't want to get sentimental sifting through piles and piles of stuff associated with my childhood, middle school love interests, and high school work overload. I eventually got around to it, and when I did, I had an epiphany. I realised how ignorant my habit of hoarding was. I compiled bin bags after bin bags of clothing in pristine condition. Boxes filled up with miscellaneous items ranging from stationeries to bags and ornaments. At first, I was overwhelmed by all this stuff that I had managed to pull out from the deepest depths of my room, but I soon realised that the best thing I could do for myself, my community, and the environment was to give my stuff a new home. That's when I turned to local donation drives and an upcycling organisation. I feel accomplished knowing that a little initiative to clear my space has promoted sustainability in my community. Recycling stuff is important as we so often take for granted the number of resources, especially depletable ones, that were used to make the stuff that we chuck out or hoard. I aim to persist with my journey of becoming a more socially responsible consumer by a) continuing to give away hoarded items to the needy and environmentally progressive organisations, and b) resisting the urge to purchase items that I just don't need. I also intend to look out for more fair-trade products and animal cruelty free products when shopping.

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Iona Mapa's picture

conscious student

I was inspired by Monash's "One Step" Campaign, because it illustrated how we have so many opportunities throughout the day to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Therefore, this is basically my journey. And I will post about choices that I feel are significant to MY LIFE AS A STUDENT and how my current situation presents me with every day choices to live a more sustainable or, as my title suggests, make choices while being conscious of their effects on the world. I am starting with... walking to school or taking the bus from the Bus Loop! (I haven't purchased a bike, as all of my classes are in the evening and I'm not comfortable with biking in the dark) YAY for lower carbon emissions!

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Quynh Nguyen's picture

Unix

UniX will tackle: - Challenges that happen in cultural adaptation of international students in Monash University. - Cross-cultural networks among international students, migrant students and local students in Monash University. But further than that, UniX hope to increase equalities among races in Australia

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Quynh Nguyen's picture

reread the books

By giving our old books for others, I believe that we not only spread knowledge to whom need it, but we also save cost for printing and cutting down trees for paper. Cre of the photo: https://www.eastbaysmartsenior.com/how-to-get-rid-of-old-books/

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Neha Hansra's picture

Green the office

Actively seeking to make the work office environmentally friendly and promoting activities supporting eco-friendliness.

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