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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Torbjorn Bjork's picture

reduce my consumption of palm oil

The world's most used vegetable oil is the main reason for the rainforest disappearing in Indonesia and Malaysia. For us, the problems with palm oil are not so visible in everyday life, but the use of palm oil has severe consequences for humans, animals, rainforests and the climate. Most of the palm oil comes from Southeast Asia, and to meet the enormous global demand for palm oil, Indonesia plans to double the production of palm oil to 40 million tonnes annually by 2020. As a consequence of this biologists fear that orangutans will become extinct in Southeast Asia in less than 10 years due to deforestation. In other words, it is necessary to reduce demand, and it is here we as consumers can play an essential role as around 50% of packaged supermarket products in Australia contain palm oil. Hence, I pledge to use less palm oil (preferably none) by using the Palm Oil Barcode Scanner App made by Palm Oil Investigations. With it, you can easily find out which foods contain palm oil and how much.


Leanne Nguyen's picture

Cutting out meat from my diet

Meat consumption has a multitude of detrimental effects on our planet. Not only do ungulates such as cows and sheep contribute to land degradation, livestock farming also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. I am pledging to cut out meat from my diet, and transition to a more environmentally-friendly plant-based way of life.


Jessica Garcia's picture

walk > drive to grocery store

To reduce the amount of petrol I consume, I will only walk to collect groceries. This can reduce pollutant emissions and improve my fitness!


Farhiyo Bear's picture

Grow Green

This year I have pledged to grow and maintain a vegetable garden in line with permaculture principles. My one step involves undertaking a holistic approach to gardening from composting, planting and harvesting to appreciating the health and well-being benefits of gardening. 1) Do companion planting to encourage biodiversity, particularly beneficial insects, such as bees! 2) Use mulch and compost to reduce water inputs and reduce food waste. 3) Watch and learn from growing – ‘observe and interact’ with the garden. Share my freshly grown organic vegetables and herbs with family and friends, so we all enjoy the health benefits of more veggies and less pesticides! *See image for my progress so far ~


Sewah Helen Mok's picture

Save fuel, carpool

Transportation is one of the biggest issues to living in the outer suburbs – PTV is often not an viable option to where I need to get to. In Australia where there is low urban density, passenger cars are one of the biggest contributors to transportation emissions. I would like to reduce the amount of petrol I am consuming by actively making sure I carpool with friends whenever it is possible, which may mean coordinating plans, in addition to walking if the location is in close proximity.


Ju-Li Tan's picture

Reuse containers, eat healthy

Companies such as KeepCup have contributed to the growth and popularity of reusable coffee cups as an alternative to disposable ones. Although this trend is undeniably changing current attitudes toward reusable containers, there is still a clear majority of single use containers utilised in the take-away food industry. By combining my passion for food and my love for the environment, I have chosen to take a step and minimise my personal use of disposable containers in my everyday life. First, I will pack home cooked meals in reusable containers, ensuring that I prepare healthier meals that includes enough protein, fibre, and carbohydrates. Secondly, I will always have a spare container, cutlery and coffee cup in my backpack for when I need to purchase food on campus. If I need to buy food without these items, I will ensure that the plastic containers gets reused for future meal preps.


Alan Wu's picture

Monash Uni-cycling

According to VISTA (Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity), the average trip in Metropolitan Melbourne is 8.9 km. That's only 40 minutes on a bike! But the fact is that only 3% of university/TAFE commuters in the middle suburbs use bikes, compared to 31% in the inner suburbs. My pledge is to learn how to register for sharebikes and start riding more between locations on and off campus to save time. It's a fun way of getting your daily dose of exercise and to reduce carbon emissions. You get 180 minutes free daily and there are options to park the bike many places around campus. If more people ride, pressure on local public and private transport will be reduced. As they say: "Reserve, release, ride and return". It's that easy.



Alan Wu | 09/03/2018 - 22:07

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Emma Tibballs's picture

Healthy Habits

Promote the development of habits which focus on healthy eating, exercise and mental wellbeing among the members of the university clubs I'm part of.


Harrison Capper's picture

Sustainable Transportation

My goal is that at least once a week, when I make a trip, I will substitute the transport mode for a more sustainable alternative. I have the benefit of living close to public transport connections and regularly utilise it rather than driving. However, even public transport in Melbourne uses fossil fuels. Whether it be walking to university instead of taking the bus or taking the train to do the shopping instead of driving, I aim to further reduce my carbon footprint. A photo I snapped in Shanghai not long ago. Sharebikes on sharebikes on sharebikes!


Benjamin Edwards's picture

Compost Revolution

I will re-establish my family's compost system at home in order to minimise food waste. Our society wastes 50% of food created, and composting makes use of food waste for gardening purposes. I will make sure to put all my food waste in the compost system and encourage family members to join me in doing so.



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