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SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing

Thy Do's picture


50% of all the waste we dispose of every day in our homes can be "recycled" and put back into our garden in the form as compost and mulch to improve the quality of our soil and provide nutrients for our home grown fruit trees and vegetables to thrive! By putting aside fruit and vegetable peels, cores, and other food scraps and turning it into compost, I am not only reducing the amount of organic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill but also reduce the need for chemical fertilisers and frequency of how much I water my plants!


Raven Patzke's picture

Going vegetarian

Going vegetarian has always been an idea I have had in mind. I always have talked about trying it, but I am ready to commit. Since coming to Australia to study abroad, I have met many new friends who are either vegetarian or vegan and I yearn to get to where they are now. I plan to take this goal step by step, cutting out a certain type of meat each week until I get to where I want to be: a vegetarian. I believe this tiny goal of mine is one giant leap for mankind, as vegetarianism can truly help the planet. Humans eat over 230 tonnes of animal meat per year, twice as much as we did 30 years ago. This is leading to deforestation and taking up land and losing water, all just for raising and then killing these innocent animals. In addition to this, livestock and animal feed crops are responsible for 37% of pesticide use, which is emitting greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Lastly, the way these animals are being processed can be a very unclean process as animal waste contains Salmonella and E Coli among others.



Soujanya Ganapathi | 11/13/2020 - 16:02

Melbourne specifically has soo many amazing and safe bike trails. Young generations must embrace this


Natalie Yan's picture

Going meat-free

Did you know that meat production actually has a huge environmental impact? It is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases globally! So, I will aim to reduce meat intake in my diet and turn to food with lower carbon footprint such as fruits and vegetables- starting with going meat-free one day a week!


Sabrina Sharpe's picture

Sharing my meal

It is devastating how much some human beings live without. According to the World Bank, there are at least 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty, barely able to afford food, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities. Here in Australia, many of us are fortunate enough to afford an excess of these necessities. I never want to take for granted how fortunate I am. Share The Meal is an app created by the UN World Food Programme that offers us an affordable and easy way to feed undernourished children in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Uganda. When I first saw this app I was inspired! What an incredible way to tackle extreme poverty and hunger around the globe! For every meal I enjoy over the next 12 months which was not made with my own two hands, I pledge today to share it with a hungry child.


Sivakami Valliappan's picture

Importance of a Walk!

On understanding the pollution and conditions of the environment, I prefer walking to most of the places rather than using my own vehicle or public transport. Walking - not only reduces the pollution caused by each individual but also provides well being and good health to those individual. Anyways, I suggest everyone to reduce the usage of their own vehicle or public transport and start WALKING!


Meg Grigarius's picture


We've all heard it before... throughout primary school, high school, Uni and even at work. But how far do we take this catchy slogan? It wasn't until last year and the beginning of this year that I really thought about the 3 R's in depth. I learnt a great deal more about what it really meant, in both your personal life and the wider community. As a step that I have been following for the past year I have developed the concept further to fit in with my journey towards sustainable living. It goes; REDUCE - Consumption?? How much do I consume, daily to monthly, to even yearly. Fast-fashion was a really concerning topic for me. The industry is the epitome of a throwaway mindset. Clothes are made for next to nothing with exported labour costs worryingly low, using the cheapest, generally toxic materials at rapid paces. The used resources like the amount of water, the cotton, and after that the Co2 emissions that are unleashed make for an environmental catastrophe. Clothes being perhaps my most common buys - This year I am saying NO to the fast-fashion industry, YES to what I already have, to vintage/secondhand, to clothing swaps and more. To buying what I need, and not to the shiny new things. This leads us into the next R, REUSE: Looking at what I already have, and finding something new in them everyday, tending and fixing things that might break or tear and most of all being appreciative of the abundance of luxuries I've been lucky enough to have. It put me in a mindset that I already have everything I need to be happy, everything else is just a luxury! *A luxury that I cherish Restyling outfits had me pulling things out from 5 years ago, that I absolutely love now. RECYCLE; I found myself thinking about recycling as a last resort, because if your can recycle things again personally, it's really just reusing? This Christmas I wrapped my presents in cut- offs from material we had lying around. Most of the material was given back to me, where I can now use that for other projects or to wrap presents again. What once was a recycling event has turned to a reuse! Evidently, this is much more a first world problem where consumption is at a all time high. But reusing can be applied to almost anything, and doesn't always have to mean a major change. Reusing works hand in hand with reducing, as long as I'm committed to buying minimal and necessity (which will be different for everyone). I pledge to continue finding ways to infiltrate all 3 within my life and my surrounding community.


Ahmet Cem Erdem's picture

Clean that habit

Every day, we have a hygiene routine, including brushing teeth, mouth-washing and using deodorant. The substances in regular toothpaste and mouthwash are selected to provide good oral care. However, when we look at the synthetic chemicals included in these products, they could have long lasting adverse effects on the environment and human health. Some of them are toxic to different organisms, and some are not readily biodegradable with possibly irreversible effects on the biodiversity and more pollutants in our drinking water. Another daily used product is deodorants, which usually come in disposable plastic containers or aerosol cans. These materials are eventually thrown into landfill or the ocean, and pressurised cans are known to have an impact on the climate change. I am taking a step to cut my habits that are harmful for the oceans, and use an environmentally-friendly toothpaste, oil pulling as a substitute for mouthwash and sodium bicarbonate as a replacement for deodorants.


Cade Elliott's picture

sustainable transport

I will reduce my carbon footprint by using a bike for my transportation needs.


Briana Barker's picture

Health and fitness

Walk to Uni every day instead of taking the bus. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Take cold 3 min showers


Xin Yi Teo's picture

Healthy Food, Healthy Life

Due to globalisation and technological advancements, fast foods and processed foods are made available and accessible to many people, especially those of us who are living in a global city like Melbourne. Therefore, I feel that not eating enough fresh greens is becoming a first world problem. So, here am I taking my step into eating more veg & fruits and less meat!



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