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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Faezeh Fazel's picture

Healthy students

I try to get more of my fellow friends students exercise with me either for walking or jogging or hiking.


Michael Vogrinec's picture

On Ya Bike!

Riding to work/University will save on petrol emissions/ use of fossil fuels. The health and wellbeing benefits that come from exercise speak for themselves. Now to find my next challenge... where'd I put my helmet?


Ria Parmar's picture

Sustainable kitchen

Firstly, I'm committing to becoming fully vegetarian. I've been mostly plant based in the past but I'd like to take it one step further. I also want to significantly reduce single use plastics in my kitchen by preparing meals in tupperware and making my own snacks at home to further reduce plastic waste such as packaging. I'll be making my own protein balls, dairy free milk and trail mix etc. rather than purchasing them from a supermarket to cut down on non recyclable packaging and waste. I've purchased beeswax wraps to use in place of gladwrap to store items in the fridge and to bring to university or work. My family has also stopped using plastic bags. With the remaining ones at home, we reuse them as bin liners. I'd also like to bulk buy more of my groceries and visit nearby, local farmers markets to support them. All these steps will contribute to a more sustainable kitchen and diet that will hopefully inspire those around me to take similar, small actions.


Harriet Harte's picture

Increase circularity practice

The concept of Circularity and the Circular economy present a novel pathway to achieving sustainable development. Circularity creates alternate systems that keep products in a cycle of use and continual reuse as well as regenerating natural systems and reducing pollution and waste. These practices are best adopted by businesses and this should be encouraged and promoted. However, on an individual level I plan to increase my own circularity practices through a variety of different avenues. Firstly, I pledge to purchase more food products from bulk source shops and markets as opposed to supermarkets to reduce my plastic consumption. This will greatly reduce my contribution to land fill. Additionally, I will stop buying new clothes unless it is absolutely necessary (eg: I am going hiking and need protective equipment). It is widely known how destructive the fashion industry is to the environment, people and the planet so by removing myself as a consumer of products from this industry I will help to make a change, however small. Finally, I will educate my housemates and friends on what the Circular Economy is and why it is important for businesses to work towards as well as individuals. I have already shared many tips with my friends to reduce waste and I will continue to do this while also integrating Circularity concepts.


Madeleine Buckingham's picture

Menu Planning

Every person wastes an average of 300kg of food each year in Australia (Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment). However, we can significantly reduce our food wastage by carefully planning each of our meals at the beginning of every week. Creating a menu plan ensures that an appropriate amount of food is purchased and limits how much is thrown away. While menu planning can be time consuming at the beginning of each week it also reduces stress about what to prepare every day. Taking the time to plan weekly meals also means that our diets are more likely to be healthy, affordable, and balanced. It is total win! I pledge to menu plan every week.


Lilith Rowles's picture

Greens and beans

The impact of the dairy and meat industry on the world and its ecosystems is hard to overstate. In Australia, the agriculture sector produces 84 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year, most of which is a result of methane production by cattle and sheep (Department of Agriculture, 2014). Livestock also put strain on water sources with almost one third of freshwater globally being used for animal products (Gerbens-Leenes et al., 2013). Furthermore, the livestock industry is a leading cause for deforestation and land degradation. 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is a result of arigcultrual clearing which then provides the vast areas required for livestock food production and grazing (Nepstad et al., 2008). This leads to habitat destruction, land erosion and less carbon sequestering forests. While health conditions and access issues may mean that cutting out meat and dairy sources is not appropriate, the more we can reduce the reliance on the livestock industry the less it will weigh upon our environment. As such, I will be taking one step to cut out my meat and dairy consumption.


Megan Broadway's picture

biodegradable and recyclable

Grocery shopping in today's world is not only simply sustaining your own nutrition and buying supplies, it is now an indication to corporations which products speak to the consumer market. The rise of green advertising and green product packaging is now leading to greenwashing and manipulation of culturally and environmentally aware consumers. My one step is to shop with awareness as an active consumer and buy food products only in biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Beyond this the idea is to also ensure that products are not greenwashing, such as Woolworths did in 2007 through APP with non sustainable tissue products despite labeling. I dedicate myself to being aware of this, knowing which paper and plastic products are recyclable and encouraging others to do the same.


Steph Michaud's picture

Using Less Plastic Packaging

I'm hoping to eventually eliminate my plastic packaging, but I think a good place to start is to look for alternatives before quitting cold turkey. Currently I cannot eliminate the plastic packaging on my food completely, since a lot of the things I eat for health reasons come in plastic, but I think that starting by choosing alternatives in cardboard or package free is a possible and important step to take. I want this to lead into a week going single use plastic free, and I want to be able to share this experience and create resources to educate and help others to make change in their own lives, through a student activist group I'm a part of called the Student Voice Network.


Justin Cheung's picture

Ditching the car

In the most recent census conducted in Australia (2016), over 65% of people travelled to work in a private car, whilst only 4.5% rode a bike or walked. Given that emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have grown more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades, I’ve decided to do something about it. To reduce my carbon footprint, reduce my emissions of greenhouse gases and to limit my contribution to air pollution from vehicle use in urban areas. Therefore, I pledge to cycle to the places within a 20km radius, this includes; going to the shops, the doctors, to work and especially when commuting to the Clayton campus. I will limit the usage of my car to only emergencies and if commuting to further places are required then the use of public transport in conjunction with cycling will be utilized. I will give weekly updates of the places I’ve travelled to using this sustainable method of transportation, along with the positive effect I’ve had on the community. Such as the amount of greenhouse gasses that I’ve saved from emission, along with other detrimental effects that I have limited due to my action My pledge along with my application for greensteps encompasses several sustainable development goals, which involve; goal 3 – good health and wellbeing, goal 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure, goal 11 – sustainable cities and communities and finally, goal 13 – climate action.


Mohamed Kandil's picture


I will try to keep my consumption of earth's resources at a moderate reasonable level. I will not consume more than I need in any category (food , clothes and energy). I will try to the best of my ablity not to waste resources and I will try to keep conscious of other people in other countries who might be in critical need for such resources.



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