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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Ketki Kawale's picture


We, humans, have been following a basic pattern of consumption since decades across the globe. This was justified, because earlier there was no requirement to change the way we eat. We also never felt the need to even ponder on the impacts of our eating habits. However, times are now changing and we need to think of what and how we are eating on a daily basis. As we are all aware, protein is one of the major key nutrients in our balanced diet. These building blocks of our body are required in adequate quantity to maintain a healthy living. Milk, meat, dairy products, eggs, meat or even all animal-derived products are often considered to be the best source of protein. Under this impression, people have been consuming them for decades to fulfill their protein requirement.. But you must be wondering why shall we change and eat something different from what we currently are? Why not just stick to our ongoing eating habits? Little do we know, that these protein sources are unsustainable and cause a major ecological imbalance. Well….. you must know the cost we are paying due to this increasing reliance on animal-derived protein . More requirement of land, water and feed which could be utilized. Increasing emissions of greenhouse gasses Transportation in feeding and more…… I strongly believe that switching to sustainable protein sources be it coming from meat, eggs, fih or dairy will play a key role in protecting our climate. Also, the proconcieved notion that total protein can only be obtained from animal sources is gradually dimishing owing to the advancemnt in science and technology. With this in mind, even a single switch can lead to a greener future.


Mia Savastano's picture


For my take one step challenge I have decided to make a pledge towards using less water. Whether that be taking shorter showers, not leaving the water running while I brush my teeth, or only running appliances that use water if they are full. Oftentimes I find myself wasting fresh clean water which is a scarcity today and affecting our planet in so many ways.


Luyang Liu's picture

Reusing food containers

I started meal prepping this year which required me to possess a lot of contains to store food for the whole week after each meal preparation. Meal prep not only improved my health significantly, it also saved me time and also helped the environment by reducing food wastage and also if you do it correct can also help the environment. However I quickly realised that purchasing spending extra money for food containers and boxes is not necessary because I have a number of glass and also bpa free plastic containers avalaible in my fridge. I soon started to clean these containers I gathered instead of buying new ones. This taught me that in order to be sustainable, buying things that are not necessary is pivotal and that everything you consume and buy that are not needed or are not necessities often which damage the environment in some way or the others (such as food delivery). My goal is to stick with meal prep and also reuse my food containers. I will also purchase meat products in a paper bag and also my veggies in paper bags too. I also aim to not waste any food by portion my food correctly. I established a system to achieve this by cooking my whole weeks or 5 days of meals in 2 hours of time each Monday.


Rashmi Dev's picture


Do not buy or use anything processed or packaged. Support sustainable farming by buying groceries from sustainable farms. This helps avoid the use of chemicals in food growing, processing and packaging which ends up as waste in soil, water or air. Also, the process of processing and manufacturing consumes energy and emits gases that are harmful. I believe if each person can commit to sustainable eating which contributes largely to pollution and climate change, it will make a big difference.


Anas Mahmud's picture

Food Wastage

I have worked at a food and retail store for just about half a year, and throughout my time I have witnessed and seen food thrown out just because of it passing a time limit, even though it is still acceptable to eat. It is true that the managers have to take the responsibility of keeping all the food safe and healthy to consume as well as making sure that the customer is looked after with high-quality products. This however does not justify the amount of consumable nutritious foods thrown out, where all these are thrown away, where they could nourish families in need. This is sadly a common scenario where 207 kilograms of waste is generated per person per year to feed Melbourne, while 40% of Melbourne’s food waste comes from households, cafes and restaurants. Reducing food loss and waste is critical to creating a Zero Hunger world and reaching the world’s Sustainable Development Goals. Unable to negotiate with the manager to have some of the less perishing foods be sent to a local food bank, I thought of ways to take steps to change my behaviour with food. I now buy my groceries from the Dandenong market, a traditional market, that sells fresh produce straight from local farms or even other's gardens. I have made it a point to not buy groceries from commercial stores, as perfectly edible fresh produce is often turned away from supermarket shelves because it does not meet the optimal criteria for consumers, such as shape, size and colour. This helps me not only save money by buying these healthy foods in bulk, but with my initiative, I am also able to decrease the amount of energy used to transport these products from one facility to another, decrease the amount of food wasted by supermarkets for it not being optimal, and also helping out small local vendors and farmers by using their fresh produce. I also created a food vlog on Instagram, where I hope to share recipes and techniques on the benefits of eating local fresh produce and using them to the best of their potential. {Image: Intermarche Inglorious fruits and vegetables}


Monique Scalzo's picture

breaking up with my bank

In an attempt to disrupt the flow of carbon into the atmosphere, I will be disrupting the flow of my money to coal, oil and gas. Like many others, I have switched to a plant-based diet, carry a keep cup and drink bottle and get heated about environmental issues. However, neither my bank nor my super account aligns with my environmental values. The concept of divesting is simple. Without our money, banks cannot keep funding the companies that pollute for profit. I would like to put my money where my mouth is, as the money that you deposit in a bank may be financing projects that fuel the climate crisis. In the last five years since the signing of the Paris Agreement, 35 of the world's leading banks have invested more than US$2.7 trillion in fossil fuel investments and have made over $16.6 billion in profits. Moving my money away from fossil fuels is one of the most powerful and easiest actions that I can take to leave behind the unviable trend of coal. This one step of divestment is proof that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Finally, I would like to use my social media platforms, such as Instagram, to blog about environmental activism. I pledge to use my following to spend more time talking about climate change as there is far too little discussion around the issue in the public sphere. Ultimately, we know that a rapid transformation of our world is possible - evident in how fast corporations, communities and governments have acted throughout this pandemic. Notably, the recent 2021 Sustainable Development Report by the United Nations revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic is a setback for sustainable development everywhere. For the first time since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the global average SDG Index score for 2020 has decreased from the previous year. Now more than ever, we must take simple and powerful steps towards healing our one planet.


Celina Dhobbie's picture

tackling period stigma

A 2018 report by the United Nations (UN) found that the shame, stigma, and misinformation surrounding periods could lead to severe health and human rights concerns. Resultantly, they declared menstrual hygiene an issue that affects public health, gender equality, and human rights. The report powerfully underlines how shame and misinformation undermine the wellbeing of women and girls, making them vulnerable to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, violence, poverty and untreated health problems. To tackle this problem, I am drafting a proposal to negotiate the provision of sanitary items and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen for female and unisex bathrooms on campus. I also commit to educate myself and those around me on menstruation by engaging in conversations, open dialogue and learning and volunteering for grassroots organisations focusing on education and alleviating period poverty.


Eryn Larcombe's picture

Eryn larcombe

I plan to transform my council owned nature strip into a functioning patch of biodiversity! Invasive or introduced grasses serves very little purpose to the environment and wider biodiversity, through lack of habitat, cooling ability and energy though required maintenance of cutting. By following my council guidelines and planting native and indigenous plants I will be able to increase biodiversity, help filtrate storm water, provide habitat and limit solar radiation just as a start. I hope to show other individuals the benefit of replanting, increasing positive interactions outdoors and create sustainable spaces for the wider community one plot at a time. The photo is Hardenbergia violacea. It's a great climbing plant or ground cover which flowers in the cooler months, providing a much needed food source for many animals and I personally think it cheers people up during the colder months in Australia.


Darcy Neate's picture

Eating sustainably

I would like to change to at least a plant based diet. I love food so much and meat is a big part of this, but I understand the negative impact that the livestock industry is having on the planet so I would like to make a change to do something about it. At least 4 days a week I would like to be meat free by the end of the year. This is hard since I live with my family so I will have to try and work with them on it but I am sure that they will support me in this. I love to cook so trying new recipes will be fun!


Jessica Sheppard's picture

Cheap, healthy recipes

Many young people, especially students do not have a lot of money for food and may resort to cheap, easy, nutrient poor food. I want to create a platform where people can share recipes to promote healthy eating, especially for university students. The aim is to share recipe's that are nutritional, easy to make, tasty and low cost. Many students do not have a lot of spare time to cook, may not know how to cook or do not have high food budgets. I believe students nutrition plays a role in their success and many students struggle to eat healthy while balancing university, work, and other commitments. The meat industry also has a large impact on the environment and meat products are expensive, so I plan to focus primarily on vegetarian meals. I will also focus on maintaining a diversity of recipes from different cultures. This is to be inclusive of all people's taste's but to also encourage people to explore foods from different cultures and embrace diversity. The plan is to create a website and/or social media page where recipes are uploaded along with things like approximate cost AUD, nutritional information, and instructions that are easy to follow. I also plan to include information on the basics of cooking such as food safety and preparation to help other students learn how to cook safely.



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