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SDG 4: Quality education

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.


Paris Balla's picture

inspiring youth futures

My step is to create a piece of theatre for young audiences that engages today's youth with discussions about sustainable futures in a way that is compassionate and honest, inspiring young people to take action rather than being scared away from ideas that seem to big to handle. This will be done using as many sustainable practices as possible including; making a site specific work that relies on the beauty of nature as the set of the piece, using found and second hand objects to design the piece and will be using covid safe practices to make this as accessible and inclusive as possible.



Sarah Sapian | 11/12/2020 - 16:32

love this simple yet functional design!


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


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.


Dechen Tenzing's picture

The Art of sustainability

The world is over-consuming, in an almost mindless manner. Sometimes it seems as though people are simply not aware of just how irresponsibly we live, or is it that we choose to ignore the inevitable? Whose responsibility is it? I intend to use art to make people become more aware of the amount of resources we use, even for the "simplest" products. I plan to make people think about all these questions by documenting my purchases in the coming 12 months in the form of an online art project. [Photo by James Garman on Unsplash]


janna ip's picture

one more step to wellbeing

This year, as we are all confined to our homes, I pledge to read one book summary each day for the next 21 days (making it a permanent habit of mine) to improve on general literacy, which also serves as a way to destress. I would also challenge myself to spread the message (of reading snippets of books each day to destress) to at least one of my friends and family.


Francesca Imeneo's picture


I've been experimenting with different reusable sanitary products over the past year and am aiming to be able to ditch tampons and pads in my future cycles. Tampons and pads definitely contribute to the social and environmental distress that comes with periods. These single use items that women have to waste multiple times a day can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. I also pledge to open up the conversation more with my friends and family to remove the stigmas associated with menstrual cups and undies. They are easy to use and reduce so much waste!


Phoebe Williams's picture

Reduce sharehouse comsumption

With the current pandemic meaning more time spent at home, I have become increasingly aware of the overconsumptive behaviours that myself and my friends engage in. In our share house of four there is an excess of food wastes, rubbish and goods. This has caused me to reflect on our actions and encourage myself and friends to do better together. This has included introducing a compost/food waste bin which will be used for our food scraps. I have also encouraged group meals 1-2 times a week so that we can get through our food together and ensure that there is less waste. In addition, we have begun collaborating when doing our shoppping to ensure that we are buying in bulk what we all use - this directly reduces plastic/wrapping waste. Furthermore, I have been actively trying to educate myself, and others on the impacts that our consumption is having and how small changes can be very beneficial. I aim to introduce more sustainable food wraps and containers. As well as ensuring we are educated on the recycling practices and procedures.


Jade McNamara's picture

Learning more about recycling

I have heard a lot about recycling and I regularly recycle, but I realised I might be doing it wrong! For my one step, I want to be clearer about what I can and can't recycle in my council. I am going to read the specific guidelines and resources created by my council. My early actions will save someone else a lot of time later on, and there is always more I can learn about this topic. Educating yourself inspires others to learn too.


Elizabeth Bacchetti's picture


To encourage cross-cultural exchange, I will organise weekly 'food sharing' / cooking lessons with other students to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage and backgrounds



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