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Environmental Sustainability: One step at a time

Grace Cachia

Environmental sustainability is a highly debated topic in the world at present. But does anyone really know how much our actions impact the world around us? This topic covers anything from waste to animal habitats. ‘Achieving Sustainability;One Garden at a Time’, is an online tool that focuses on educating, building awareness and developing interest on environmental sustainability,through the encouragement of community and home gardens. But to know more about gardens and permaculture, let’s look into the experiences of others.

Anthony Dunne, State Manager of Oz Harvest an organisation that targets food waste, identifies that gardening is at the front of influencing environmental sustainability. Gardening reducing food waste, through a means that is accessible to and in the hands of the user. Dunne explains that anything from gardens in a box to rooftop gardens are possible, and have considerably positive impacts on the environment, through reduced electricity use, lower carbon emissions and less food waste.

Sustainable gardens aren’t only realistic on this small scale, but also in schools. Many primary schools today choose to focus their attention on hands-on gardening for students. This not only teaches the basics of sustainable environments but also provides knowledge that can be shared with the community, so that you too can achieve environmental sustainability. My personal involvement in the ‘Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program’, demonstrated just how rewarding it is to be a part of something bigger. This experience grew my social circle through community relations, but more importantly allowed for a better understanding of how my actions impact the world. This experience allowed me to incorporate sustainable growth in my own home, as I was easily able to grow the crops I needed and cook accordingly. This shows just how easy it is to incorporate sustainable practices into your everyday lives.

Follow this platform and our social media pages to start your garden today. Take small steps and make a big difference.

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The Griffith University Social Impact Projects address five significant social justice issues faced by vulnerable communities. Expanding on the work done by Project Safe Space, and Project Open Doors, the Griffith University Social Impact Projects bring Community Partners, students and the University together to work collaboratively in the innovative solution design sprints. Initially designed to address Mental Health and Wellbeing of Griffith students, we soon realised this was a much larger issue intersecting across a number of social justice issues for students and the wider community. The Social Impact Projects aim to contribute in some small way to improving these social issues.