Sarah Zun is concerned at the impact of consumerism on the environment.
The University of Western Sydney international student, from Myanmar, was one of many to add a written promise of more environmentally friendly behaviour to a ‘pledge tree’ at the UWS sustainability month launch at the Parramatta campus on August 8.
‘‘I use reusable bags all the time when I go grocery shopping and try not to waste paper,’’ she said.
‘‘Because of climate change and global warming I think humans are using resources irreverently. We all need to do what we can.
‘‘We barely have trees in our country at the moment. They don’t teach us [about environmental sustainability] at home.’’
Held for a second year in August, sustainability month aims to encourage staff and students to be mindful of the natural environment.
Activities adhered to the sustainability month theme ‘‘think before you throw’’.
The university distributed free reusable coffee cups to staff and students and had volunteers speak about green waste and other recycling options at the launch.
A new fleet of mountain bikes for security guards was unveiled with the aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions across the university’s six campuses.
Greening Australia also distributed native tree seedlings.
Uwsconnect events co-ordinator Jo Quinn said UWS worked year-round to provide each of its’ campuses with sustainable products and services.