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SDG 2: Zero hunger

Oliver McGovern's picture

Consuming Sustainably

There is currently enough food grown (plants) to feed the entire world population easily yet many are going hungry. While we continue to produce resource intensive foods like beef and other animal products the environment is irrevocably damaged. I have recently re-oriented my view on health, food sustainability and environmental impact of what we eat and drink and that's why I'm taking the step to bring these issues to the attention of my friends and larger network. Education is the best tool to change people's habits and views which is the reason I am committed to amicably educating others, that reducing (or ideally eliminating) our animal product consumption is a simple habit. If we can have an impact at our 3 meals a day, we can chieve amazing outcomes for the environment and global hunger!

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Vivian Monje | 11/14/2020 - 15:06

That is great! how great if your friends spread that idea to other friends of them and then it becomes a scalable idea.

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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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Georgia Saunders's picture

Smart shareholder

I have become a shareholder recently and am beginning to diversify my portfolio - however, I want to be investing in companies that have policy in place for a better future. As I continue to invest I will be a shareholder of ethical and sustainable companies that have a better future regarding any SDGs in focus. Vote with your wallet! photo credit: Emma Tkalcevic

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Isobel Barry's picture

Food for thought

I transitioned to a vegan diet at the beginning of the year believing it was the single biggest difference I could make in making the world heal a bit. As my knowledge about food waste, production and manufacturing has increased I want to make an effort o know where my food is from and the miles associated with it. By attending farmer direct markets not only do I limit the supply chain, support small businesses and evade packaging (plastic on oranges, people? really?) , I can form a deeper connection with my food and its seasonality. I want to purchase the majority of my produce direct at market. I recognise this is a privilege of time and money so will endeavour to find was to make it as accessible as possible. This step also reduces food waste as the "ugly food" is always welcome in my basket.

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Isobel Barry | 11/04/2020 - 22:01

Fun fact: This food wasn't actually from a farmers market but rescued from the local grocery store produce bin! Free and perfect!

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Dharmoon Bhawani's picture

Zero hunger, zero drought

Drought are recurrent in nature, and often rural communities are affected on a massive scale. This picture tells the story, when rainfall returns it bring smile to the lips of Tharparkar people, and such are the fruits of happiness, if zero hunger prevails and zero droughts are reported by sound public sector policies around the world. (PictureCredit Karonjhar photography , 2020)

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Riley Hodgson's picture

Reducing food Waste

I am actively making an effort to reduce the amount of food waste I produce in the kitchen. There is enough food in the world to feed the entire world’s population. Despite this, many are left without a meal at night. Food waste in Australia costs around $20 billion every year and contributes to more than five per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is an avoidable issue. I am an active cook and love to experiment with new foods and am guilty of producing my own food wastage. For my one step I will find innovative ways I can re-purpose my food scraps so I can reduce my food waste.

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Hengjing Liu's picture

Heather take a step

encourage people to have good habits to avoid illness try my best to fight for women's right use my major to create clean mechaine to produce electric

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Lachlan McGrath's picture

backyard farmer

I pledge to create and nurture my own veggie patch in my backyard. My aim is to produce nutritious vegetables and vegetable products for my family. I’ll extend this to the local community through vegetable swapping, and by making a share of the produce available to those vulnerable to undernutrition through food drives and contributing to a community kitchen. I will also aim to encourage other Monash students to live more sustainably by raising awareness not only on the value of being more sustainable but also on exactly what kind of actions a person can make to achieve this on both a personal and communal scale. Along with making this personal change and helping others to start their own sustainability journey I also intend to make it more accessible for students to continue growing their influence on sustainability with Monash University.

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Farhiyo Bear's picture

Fight Food Waste

I am going to pledge to fight food waste in 3 ways, which will help to reduce food sent to landfill and thus reduce the production harmful greenhouse emissions in the long term. 1) Continue to recycle my food scraps and use the compost I produce for my veggie garden; 2) Support food rescues by volunteering at my local Foodbank; 3) Reduce my plate waste by making sure I finish all the food on my plate or at least ensure food can be stored and saved for later. Overall, I hope to minimise my food print!

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Bryony Cox's picture

Toward Zero Food Wastage

There are around 815 million people that are starving in the world. Yet food wastage is something that occurs daily around us. Due to our habit of large portion sizing and unhealthy habits, perfectly good food is thrown out. My one step is to work toward responsible consumption and production, and eliminating all food waste I produce. I intend to do so by buying smaller amounts of food that is ethically sourced, and taking extra measures to ensure the longevity of the food I do purchase, such as leaving vegetables in jars filled with water in the fridge, and wrapping herbs in a damp cloth.

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