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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Susell Diaz-Gutierrez's picture

Composting food waste

For the next five weeks, I will research and participate in composting food scraps, among various other compostable materials and items. Reading articles and blogs about composting, buying a compost bin, and composting appropriate food scraps are some of the actions I will take to partake in my goal. The first week, I will start by purchasing a compost bin and learning which form of composting to choose from, or at least to what extent. In the following five weeks, I hope to look at composting less as an experiment and more as a new habit for the long term. Food waste is a major issue in America and across the world, so this experiment will help me track my own food waste, become more cautious about what foods and materials I purchase and consume, and think more critically about food sources, biodiversity, and waste in general. I also hope to encourage some of my friends and family to begin this journey of composting with me!

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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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Shinta Nourma's picture

SUSTAINABILITY ADVOCACY

I put one highlight on my personal Instagram account to raise awareness about a sustainable lifestyle. Remember it is not only important to advocate yourself, but other people too! I am not perfectly zero-waste at this point, but I am trying my best.

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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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Athira Krishna's picture

Athira Krishna Go Vegan

I have been trying to incorporate a vegan-friendly meal plan for 3 months. I have been avoiding red meats and dairy products in my diet. I am also trying to incorporate a well - balanced meal plan. I would like to reduce the consumption of meats in total and also try to produce my own veggies. I have been growing some coriander, parsley, silverbeet, thyme and lettuce in my garden. I would like to stick to a sustainably sourced meal plan also create awareness in others. I am also planning to launch an Instagram page where I would promote my knowledge of veganism with talks and real-life inspired stories from dietary vegan following individuals.

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Kyle Robertson's picture

COMPOSTING

I am passionate about creating a sustainable future for us to live in. This involves reducing my waste as much as possible. I have lived in an apartment for the last six months, making composting quite difficult. I am now in a living situation that accomodates composting and would like to begin to compost all organic food and garden waste. I already reduce my dairy, meat, fish, and animal product intake to improve my environmental footprint. The next step is to recycle the organic waste that I produce as part of reducing my environmental footprint further.

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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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Carlo Gigante's picture

no meat week

I will stop eating meat on any of the weekdays. By changing my habits to include buying my fruit and vegetable produce from local sellers and supporting the local economy, going for a weekly shop rather than each day to reduce my energy consumption, using recycled bags and avoiding plastics I will eat more diverse and better quality food, from more sustainable sources at a cheaper cost! WIN! WIN! WIN!

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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.

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