Whiteboard filled with problem spaces
Sustainability – a word that’s always buzzing around when we talk about taking care of our planet. We first heard about it in school, drawing posters of a green world with trees everywhere, a hand hugging the Earth, and that familiar 3Rs symbol (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Even as kids, we get the basics of keeping things sustainable.
Fast forward to today. As part of the CBI A3 program at CERN, We, Team Boundless and Beyond are turning those childhood doodles into something meaningful. We’ve got a shot at making a real impact with these simple drawings. Join us on this journey where we mix art, science, and a whole lot of heart to make a difference for the future.
In our first few weeks, our team focused on finding topics in relation to SDG12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production. Our aim is to find local issues in Melbourne Australia, and we found examples like:
Medical PPE waste
Sustainable Construction Materials
Sustainable construction materials in Australia are seen as important but conventional contruction materials are still much preferred due to reasons like higher cost and unwillingness of the industry to change their methods. – Gounder, S. et al., 2023.
Our team has identified two compelling areas for focus. These are the issue of soil degradation in the agriculture industry and the pervasive problem of food waste which is a challenge that extends not just in Australia but also worldwide.
In Australia, poor management and over usage of pesticides causes the increase of acidication of agriculture soil. It restricts the water intake and reduces the availability of nutrients uptake for soil growth. – Dadzie F. et al., 2023
Food waste is yet another huge problem around the world where in Australia, supermarkets rejects edible fresh fruits and vegetables solely because of their appearance and size. As people choose food because of aesthetic standards, farmers experience financial burdens and substancial resource loss. – The Conversation
We’re geared up and eager to dive into the vast opportunities in sustainability. Recognizing the commitment required for the global program, we are ready to invest the necessary effort and time. Our team is determined to grasp the complexities and fuel our endeavors with as much coffee as it takes to produce exceptional outcomes in this program. Let the excitement and innovation flow!
Quote of the week
“For the times we get nervous, we can change our mindset to feel excited.” – Simon Sinek
Our next step is to:
- go to Switzerland!
- meet new friends!
- learn ATTRACT and CERN technology at IdeaSquare!
- learn from professionals like physicist and engineers at CERN!
- understand the opportunities more and choose a topic that we want to focus on.
- enjoy the rest of the trip!