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SDG 11: Safe and inclusive cities and communities

Miqdad M Wakeel's picture

Reduce fossil fuel footprint

I am an Honours student studying Biomedical Sciences. Through the years of my study, I have used the public transport to reduce my fossil fuel footprint. This is despite the fact that I can drive to and from the university. According to the United Nations' twitter page, we can cut the carbon dioxide emission in the cities by up to 50% if we switch from cars to buses. I want to play my part and advocate this to my friends, family and relatives. I have implemented this action and plan to maintain this throughout my studies and career. I recommend catching the public transport or using other modes of transport such as bicycles or car pooling so that we could play our role in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. The use of public transport, bicycles and walks can also have positive impact on our health and wellbeing.


Peiyi Chen's picture


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


Rebecca Walters's picture

Citizen Science

I believe that encouraging an appreciation for and connection to life on land, promotes care for life on land. After the devastating bushfire season, citizen science provides a way for people to actively contribute to saving species and find hope in the healing environment. Citizen science is scientific research conducted by the general public. It can gather evidence of the changing climate, generate interest in the environment, and bring a community together. That is why my Green Step pledge is participating in citizen science by using the app, ClimateWatch, and documenting life on land through photos and videos on a weekly basis. PROGRESS: I have recorded film footage including of blue-faced honeyeaters building a nest and hatching young, taken photos of plants like the one above, and performed weekly recordings of a deciduous tree’s leaf loss and generation of new leaves that I uploaded to the ClimateWatch dataset to contribute to evidence for the impacts of climate change on biological life cycles. Appreciating Australia’s rich biodiversity through citizen science, encourages me to continue developing my sustainable practices and make positive changes in my own life.


Rachana Manjunath's picture

When I am in Victoria

I believe our sustainable planning varies according to the location and demographics. For instance, renewable resources preferred in Western Australia is Solar, but the suitable sustainable way of generating and sourcing energy in Tasmania is Hydroelectric power. So, according to our inputs, we model and build our sustainable environments. Victoria, proudly known as the Educational State of Australia, hosts around 490K students, including domestic and 40% international students. The universities are spread across various suburbs of the Melbourne Metropolitan area covering all four directions except few campuses within the CBD region. Naturally, around 400k students are based in the University suburbs. The average demographic age in these suburbs is 23 years old. The average distance between 2 Universities is about 11kms, which makes the Suburbs more educated and diverse, which gives us enough space and resources to facilitate precise waste treatment individually. We throw the waste into respective allocated bins and think we are helping the recycling process. But four bins given by the local council does not solve all the problem. Further, every six months, new students move in, and many students move within the suburbs. As an international student, I have observed that we tend to shop the immediate requirements such as new laundry baskets, containers for the kitchen, heaters, etc., without thinking twice when we move in. The average study duration for students is estimated to be two years. Whenever we carry out or change the place, the suburban streets are left with much-unwanted plastic and other wastes because students think the products are cheap and long-distance movement of these small home products is a burden. Embodied energy and CO2 footprint of these small products in the manufacturing and recycling phase are ten times higher than the transportation and use phase. After careful observation and analysis, I have taken one step of not hurrying about shopping for a new home and reducing possible waste thrown out when I leave. Instead, I have taken the initiative of buying only food essentials in the initial 45-50 days, such as a recyclable bag, collecting cardboard from online orders. Once I complete my 45 days stay in Victoria, I accumulate a pasta jar, ice cream box, and so on to replace buying new things. My next step is to highlight this blind waste to fellow Victorian students by sharing our Victoria home tips during Orientation and University activities as essentials. My following action is to create a universal hub for all Victorian Uni students to plan separation of waste into even more specific categories, such as submitting weekly soft plastics to nearby Coles or Woolworths situated in 2.5kms radius of each suburb. Followed by promoting water-saving Faucets in kitchen stinks, bathroom tap, and gardens around the house and campuses, collecting electronic waste from the respective suburbs, and reallocating between University and local council for the University research training for both students and researchers and finally composting. As most of the suburbs facilitate a share house experience for most students, I have planned to compost our regular food and green waste to grow desired plants. Forming Victorian students hub during our stay will surely influence the Victorian environment.


Nadja Schneller's picture

Green Community app

I will create an app where you post a photo or video of small sustainable actions that you have done. Others in your local community/on your campus can see this and like the post - for a certain number of likes, you get a point which you can then redeem at a local shop or cafe. This supports appreciation for sustainable action and provides good examples of how easy it is to help the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.


Joseph Dal Bosco's picture

Ride my bike to work regularly

Like many others around the world, I have rediscovered the joys of cycling during this pandemic. Whilst going out for my daily exercise, I discovered the local bike path just around the corner that goes straight to my workplace. It seemed ludicrous that I wasn’t even aware of the facilities in my own backyard, but it can be explained by the fact that Australia doesn’t really have a culture of using cycling as a mode of transport. I want to be part of the change that shows that cycling doesn't just have to be for recreation, but also as a useful mode of transport that is more sustainable, cheaper, provides health benefits and reduces petrol consumption.


Olivia Kaminskyj's picture

Who needs a car!

Recently I have decided to start riding my bike instead of driving to reduce my individual emission contributions. My main focuses are on the daily activities I do most frequently! This includes riding to my work in Wheelers Hill (roughly 40 mins) and to Monash Campus (roughly 10 mins). I have decided to begin slowly with a transitionary period to ensure this change is sustainable for the long term. I think the reason that really stops people from making long term changes such as these are time and lack of planning. I have decided to go as slow as I need to with the eventual goal that I can intertwine riding for travel into 100% of my plans starting with work, Uni and shopping and eventually all travel by the end of the year!! I’ve been very impressed by google maps ‘bike routes’. It has been really useful for finding alternative safer backstreet route options to main streets which make me incredibly nervous. Who knows maybe one day I will be brave enough but for anyone starting out using their bike for travels I highly recommend google maps. I’m really excited and have loved my bike trips so far! Keen to progress this change further!


Kit Kirby's picture


Political or individual polarisation is a major factor in reducing the flexibility and responsivity of groups/companies/governments. This reduces the pace of progress and can halt action completely in many points of contention. Promoting regular conversion and collaboration across natural group of people can increase the diversity of views and reduce polarisation (particularly extreme polarisations). I aim to personally listen to those who I do not agree with and to find people who I would not normally talk to, while encouraging others to do the same.


Sabrina Oelhafen's picture


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.


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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