25th Birthday

25 Ways to Change the World

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Let’s celebrate 25 years of social impact by creating change together! Stay tuned here for our fortnightly tips and take positive action in your local patch of the world.

To celebrate Stand Up’s 25th Birthday, we’ll be sharing our 25 Ways to Change the World – a collection of 25 practical steps you can take to reduce food waste, encourage social harmony, build Aboriginal solidarity, and much more….

Every fortnight we’ll publish 1 new tip for taking positive action in your home, community and workplace, until we reach a total of ’25’ by the end of our birthday year. So look out for updates on this webpage and follow us Facebook

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. – Margaret Mead

25 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD (click below to read more):

1. This is the Last Straw!

Did you know that Australians throw away over 10 million straws a day that end up landfill or our oceans (ABC’s War on Waste). This plastic takes over 450 years to biodegrade in landfill. It biodegrades much faster in the ocean and is being ingested by sea animals at an alarming rate. If we all refuse straws at fast food outlets and pubs and use metal straws at home (unless you need a plastic one due to a disability), together we can really make this the Last Straw. Find out more at laststraw.com.au

Take action:
See how many of the local businesses you support and venues you visit have agreed to only hand out plastic straws on request. If your favourite eatery hasn’t done it yet, ask them why not!

2. Voice. Treaty. Truth. Read the Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Uluru Statement (2017) is the voice of today’s Indigenous leadership. Reading and becoming familiar with it is a great starting point towards Indigenous allyship. The document calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making and truth-telling between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. www.1voiceuluru.org

Take action:
Learn more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and add your name to those of other Australians who have supported the reforms in the Uluru Statement here www.1voiceuluru.org/support

3. Clean up Australia's E-Waste
We all love to have the latest electronic gadgets but when our old products are thrown into landfill they can leak toxic materials into groundwater, contaminate soil and even enter the food chain. E-Waste also contains a high amount of non-renewable resources including precious metals. It’s Clean up Australia Day, so take a moment to think about what you can do to reuse, repair or recycle your e-waste.

Take action:

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