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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

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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Hayley Stanich's picture

LOCAL HARVEST

From savouring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. This year I committed to finding and shopping at local fresh fruit and vegetable markets in order to reduce my eco-footprint, promote my health and wellbeing and connect with my community. In addition to providing the freshest and tastiest produce available, farmers markets contain meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture. Purchasing directly from local farmers therefore not only benefits your own health, but promotes the humane treatment of animals! Ultimately, eating locally is beneficial to both the environment and your health, and in putting your dollars into supporting the local community and farmers directly. I encourage everyone to join me in taking this action towards supporting the local community!

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Samantha Mileto's picture

raise awareness via instagram

I will start an Instagram account linking climate change to social justice issues in Australia with simple steps to take action e.g. how to write to your MP, fossil fuel divestment and more.

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Muhaimin Habib's picture

Ban waste Dumpings in water

Firstly will promote reduce plastic waste which needs strong promotion of keep your cup. Morover will collaborate with organisations to promote campaigns. Today in the developing countries people are throwing plastics and wastes in lakes and rivers as a result this waterbodies are dying. Not only this large industries are dumping harmful chemical wastes in rivers. So will pledge to the government to make rules and regulations on this acts with the help of difeerent activist organisations.

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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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Isabella Stacey's picture

NUDE FOOD

Having worked part time in the hospitality industry for the last 5 years, I have become painfully aware of how much packaging and food waste is sent to landfill each day. I have always made an effort to minimise my consumption of single use plastics where possible however COVID-19 restrictions resulting in an upsurge of takeaway culture has halted much of the progression made towards sustainability in the hospitality industry. As I partake in this challenge I plan to do the following. 1. Grow fresh herbs at home 2. Continue to use my compost bin 3. Endeavour to buy less food in packaging by shopping in bulk where possible. 4. Continue to support small businesses in the hospitality industry by choosing to eat in if there is not a sustainable takeaway option

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Uyen Ho | 11/13/2020 - 22:22

It's definitely a good idea to protect the environment

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Isabella Vecchio's picture

SUSTAINABLE EATING

Melbourners waste on average 200kgs of food per year which rots in landfill releasing harmful greenhouse gasses. My goal is to try and minimise food waste while using reduced packaging. As a part of this challenge I will 1. Regrow vegetables from current food scraps; 2. Buy less food in plastic packaging; 3. Eat all edible parts of the food (i.e. the stems of broccoli); 4. Compost any food waste that cannot be eaten. My hope is to minimise my kitchen's carbon footprint.

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Sarah Sapian | 11/12/2020 - 16:29

Additionally, one way to reduce amount of agricultural waste in the landfill is to make your own compost bin. Fruits and vegetables that has one bad can be compost, and this can later be used for gardening. This way we can at least help to reduce landfill waste too.

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Chi Ngo's picture

Be aware

Be aware of what you do. Be aware of your actions. Don't do it if it's not right. Be aware when cycling on the road. Be aware as you know you can't hear the car horn when using earphones. (SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing) Be aware when taking a piece of plastic back home. Be aware as you know plastics never break down and even if you dump them to the garbage bin. It will end up sitting somewhere not your home but somewhere on earth. (SDG 13: Climate action) Be aware. You know you can do better because you don't hide your eyes, do you? I know we can do better because we can be more aware.

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Jenny Krohn's picture

OnyaBike

I love so close to my local shops that I really want to stop driving to get groceries. It’s been hard with the stage 4 restrictions, but now that things are easing I can take more time. To my shops and back is only a 3km round trip, so I plan to start doing that and not give in to the temptation of the car. It will take time to rebuild my fitness to that point.

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