WASTE

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THE BIG QUESTION:

With all that plastic single use plastic int he bathroom how can I produce environmentally friendly toothpaste?

PROJECT NAME:

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

THE PROBLEM:

My project will tackle the problem of un-recyclable packaging, unnatural ingredients in toiletries and homelessness.

1 in every 200 people in Australia are homeless and live in an inadequate dwelling or on the streets https://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/sites/homelessnessaus/files/2017-07/Homelessness%20in%20Australiav2.pdf

THE IDEA:

Our products will help reduce waste to landfill. Funds raised will help the homeless

I will be creating toothpaste tablets that are clean, natural and chemical-free, as well as packing them in re-usable containers. Profit from the sale of the tablets will help the homeless.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? I need a small fund to purchase ingredients to make prototypes. Can I come to a MK meeting and pitch my idea and get some feedback from the other kids?

Join the Movement! 

What are you doing? What can you do? What will you do? Do you need our help? Tell us about your action or project. Send us an email info@millenniumkids.com.au

This Waste Free Movement project is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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Millennium Kids and the City of Stirling have collaborated on a new program, Living Green, to support schools develop sustainability education programs. Millennium Kids facilitators lead the students through a ‘skills for life’ process with young people listing the big issues and developing a local strategy to address them. Students have listed the big issues as climate change, waste, loss of tree canopy and care for native animals.

  • Dianella Secondary College students are keen to tackle waste within their school and some students want to develop a care program for their local bushland.
  • Lake Gwelup Primary School students have a range of program ideas including better waste management, care for local wetlands and wildlife.
  • Churchlands Primary School will focus on reducing energy consumption.

All projects developed will come under the One Thousand Actions for the Planet banner and will be reported to UN Sustainable Development Goals website.

For more information on their project contact info@millenniumkids.com.au

PLANTS

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What do you do when you have hundreds of kids wanting to know why our bushland and canopy aren’t being protected?

What do you do when kids see that trees are coming down in their suburbs and they are concerned our planet is getting hotter and canopy is deceasing in city areas?

You get them together, chat about what they want for the future, meet with stakeholders, make a plan and then start Green Lab – a youth led project focusing on increasing canopy to cool the planet.

This week the City of Bayswater and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions joined Millennium Kids at Lightning Swamp for the first two day workshop series with one hundred and thirty students from local primary schools.

Students and teachers from Bassendean Primary School, Weld Square Primary School, Hillcrest Primary School and West Morley Primary School explored the bushland site alongside scientists, artists, indigenous custodians and citizen science facilitators looking at the habitat and the pressure of the encroaching built environment. Students looked for birds, checked out tracks and scats and built a bott, which analysed soil.

Local bushcarers talked about the area and how it had changed over time.

“I didn’t know trees could communicate with each other.” Said one of the students. “There is so much we don’t know!”

“We have habitat trees in our school and we need to monitor them to ensure birds have food to eat.” Said another student.

At the end of the two days students pitched their ideas to the Mayor of City of Bayswater, Cr Dan Bull.

Students will work with their schools to develop their own Green Lab initiative and activate their sites at the end of the year to help the community understand the importance of canopy and the need to increase, protect and monitor trees in their local area to reduce the urban heat effect.

Students will be supported through the program with additional workshops and tools as they develop their program concepts.

Green Labs are currently being developed in City of South Perth, Town of Victoria Park and in the City of Melville  through support from Leeming Lions.  For more information about Green Lab contact info@millenniumkids.com.au

 

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Hi, I’m Rachel!

I am 22 years old, a Millennium Kid Youth Board Member and a recent environmental science graduate.

I love being a Millennium Kid because of the “Head, Heart, Hands” ethos of the organisation that encourages every Millennium Kid to think of ideas to combat environmental issues, put those ideas into action and to look after our own mental health in the process. The apathy that governments and multinational corporations all over the world have towards environmental issues is really scary. The thought of a future with more natural disasters, no clean water to drink and no clean air to breath can really take it’s toll on the mental health of a young person. This is why we actively work towards a better future for our planet and ourselves at Millennium Kids.

For my project, I talked to Kids at several different meetings, workshops and events around Western Australia about what was important to them in the upcoming federal election. All of those ideas are in this document, Final Millennium Kids Youth Challenges on the Environment 2019(thanks to a lot of help from our mentors that helped me to compile and edit this) and I got to present it to the Minister for Environment at our website launch in March. We hope that the state and federal governments will listen to the Kids when they are shaping their policies.

The question that we asked the Kids was:

What issues do you want politicians to tackle?

Overwhelmingly the Kids want governments to focus on climate change and waste, but there are a lot of other issues as well. They want politicians to listen to their pleas for a more sustainable, humane world. Their lives and futures are at stake. They aren’t happy with the way the planet and its people are being treated, and they want all levels of Australian government to be a positive force for change.

Millennium Kids are young people aged between 10 – 24 years old from a cross section of the Western Australian community.

This is what they said:

Climate Change

The Kids want politicians that understand climate science

Kids want politicians to acknowledge that climate change is real, and that we must take action. Now. They are scared because many politicians in power either don`t understand climate science or are wilfully ignoring its implications.

Kids want the science of climate front and centre

They are clear – listen to the climate scientists and experts, not anti-science think tanks and fossil fuel industry lobby groups.

The Kids want to see our carbon sinks protected

They value the oxygen supply and the carbon storage provided by carbon sinks such as coral reefs, forests and wetlands. The kids want to see their carbon sinks protected by the government and kept safe from fracking, mining, coral bleaching and deforestation.

The Kids want to bring back the carbon tax

They were very encouraged by the decrease in Australia’s carbon emissions when the carbon tax was first introduced. They loved it and they want it back. Kids don’t think tax is a dirty word, they think that people should pay for their pollution.

The kids want big polluters to be held accountable

A huge amount of Australia’s pollution is produced by a small number of companies. The Kids want those polluters to pay their fair share of taxes, to adhere to strict environmental regulations and to pay for effective carbon offset programs. Kids have repeatedly asked for better regulations for controlling carbon emissions. They support the stand taken by the EPA in introducing a carbon neutral policy.

The Kids want government support for environmental events

They want politicians to lead by example and take part in events such as Earth Hour, Plastic Free July and Clean Up Australia Day. The Kids want politicians to use their power and influence for good!

Kids want our finite resources managed better

Kids hear that LNG is supposed to be a transition fuel. They want to see that transition happening. They think that means the industry should provide funds to develop low carbon alternatives. Yet in 2019/20 the Australian governments receipts from LNG production are expected to be less than a billion dollars, or less than 2% of LNG export revenue. Kids think if we managed the money better, we could accelerate the transition to a cleaner future.

The Kids want carbon offset projects to be carefully regulated

They are concerned that Australian projects for carbon offsets are not regulated carefully enough and may not meet the criteria for quality offsets. The kids want a consistent and high standard for carbon offsets in Australia.

Waste

Kids say we need to own our waste problem

We need to reduce our waste, and we need to own it and be responsible for it in our own country. Many of our current recycling programs rely on overseas developing countries to deal with our waste. They want our waste to be recycled locally.

Kids want better waste education

We need the community better educated in where their rubbish goes, and a reduction in “greenwashing”. People need to know that products marketed as ‘bio’ or ‘biodegradable’ may need special facilities, sorting and handling, and so are not really the best option as we don’t have the facilities to deal with them in Western Australia.

The Kids say a complete ban on single use plastics is just the beginning

There are plenty of alternatives to disposable coffee cups, plastic balloons, plastic micro-beads and single use cutlery items, and we want to see them completely phased out in Australia as soon as possible. Kids say we need to follow through with a ban on production of new plastic.

Kids want incentivised recycling

They want programs like Cash for Cans and other products as soon as possible. They want incentives to reduce waste in packaging, with increased taxes on excessive and non-recyclable packaging. Their aim is zero landfill.

Kids want to see industry play their part

They want the re-use of cardboard boxes in supermarkets promoted. They want supermarkets to stop wrapping fresh produce in plastic. They want excessive packaging eliminated, and retailers made accountable for waste and associated carbon emissions. They want industry pushed into giving up disposable packaging. They want supermarkets to review questionable marketing practices, such as distributing single use plastic toys.

Kids want to see research funded

We need research into how to reduce pollution, and clean up polluted areas. Kids say plastic is a resource, not rubbish. They encourage research into re-use of our current supplies of plastic. They want research into how we deal with the ‘too hard basket’ of things like coffee cups, soft plastics, used clothing and other fabrics, and medical equipment.

Kids see a role for government

As well as legislation to reduce the supply of plastic waste, they want a fully funded, fully supported state-wide recycling and resource recovery system. This system would provide input for waste management policy, where if we can’t recover and reuse the materials, we should not be selling them or using them.

The Kids want to know what bin to use

They want to have consistent branding and education on what is and isn’t recyclable. Currently there are different recycling systems and education in each suburb. They want clear instructions on every bin.

The Kids want people to stop littering

There is litter all over our country roads and beautiful beaches and we want something to be done about it. They want to see more people fined for littering and they want tougher fines for littering, including the release of helium balloons.

The Kids want to see a three-bin system all over Australia

They love the three-bin system in Perth and we want all Australians, in every regional and remote town to have access to green waste and recycling collection as well as general waste.

Kids want an end to food waste

Food wastage is a major problem as it ends up in landfill. Kids want education programs for more efficient shopping and use, combined with FOGO bins in all Council areas. They want sorting and composting facilities at all public festivals and events.

Energy

The Kids want 100% renewable energy by 2030

Kids want Australia to reduce its carbon emissions. Now. Australia is the biggest polluter per capita in the world and they want that to change. They want to see a commitment to a strong federal renewable energy target as well as 100% renewable energy in each state. As part of this they want to see a focus on energy storage technology to provide reliable baseline power.

The Kids don’t want dirty energy in Australia

They want to see all coal, oil and gas projects finished by 2030. This means no new projects, and a focus on renewables instead. They consider fracking any part of WA a disgrace.

The Kids want to see the next Australian mining boom

Australia has an abundance in all the elements required to make solar batteries, we want to see the mining industry support clean energy by refocusing towards mining elements for solar batteries. They want to sustain the mining industry by turning away from coal and towards elements for lithium batteries or other new technologies for a low carbon future.

The Kids want energy efficient homes

They can’t believe that people are still building homes with no or poor insulation, dark roofs and poor solar design, where the inhabitants are suffering the consequences with high energy bills. Kids want building regulations that enforce high-energy efficiency ratings from new buildings.

Animals

Kids say species extinction rates need urgent attention

Australia has the highest native animal extinction rate in the world. We need to act now. Feral animals competing for resources and preying on wildlife, coupled with habitat loss through deforestation and climate change are taking their toll. Kids know this, and they want it acknowledged and meaningful policies implemented urgently.

The Kids want to see cats kept indoors

Cats are a huge threat to native wildlife when roaming the outdoors. Kids want cats without tags to be taken to cat shelters and the owners of cats with tags to be fined.

The Kids do not want shark culls

The drumline method of shark culling is ineffective. It is dangerous for beachgoers and marine life, with no reduction in shark attacks.  Sharks are very important apex predators, and we risk an ecosystem collapse if we continue to cull them. Kids support shark safety measures that preserve our shark populations.

The Kids want to see long term research grants

Long term studies of animal behaviour and other natural phenomena currently require multiple funding applications over the life of a project. Kids want to see realistic time frames on government research grants that would allow long-term study.

We need better treatment of agricultural animals

The Kids want a ban on all live exports!

Live exports are cruel and unnecessary. They want all animals in the agricultural industry treated humanely.

Kids want to factor in nature

The Kids want planners to factor in nature bridges and wildlife corridors in land developments and major roads to protect our native animals from road kills. They want to counter the effects on breeding and hunting activities.

Water

The Kids want clean drinking water

The water in our water tables is being contaminated by fracking. They want a total ban on fracking.

The Kids want our wetlands to be cared for

Wetlands are wonderful carbon sinks and can provide a habitat for birds, frogs, and other wildlife, even in cities! They want well-maintained and protected wetlands with signage educating visitors of the impacts of littering or leaving dog poo uncollected.

The Kids want recycled water

Water is a very precious resource and with a growing population, we must do what we can to preserve it. They want to see recycled water systems across all of Australia.

Kids know education plays a big part

There are still people that don’t take their own water bottle with them! Don’t they know? This combines with active promotion of, and access to good drinking water in all public areas, including mobile water stations for events.

The Kids want our reefs and oceans protected

They cannot believe that mining operations are being planned on the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Southern Reef. Kids want the government to protect our ecologies, our tourism and our carbon sinks, by making reefs untouchable!

They see no place for high risk drilling in our precious oceans. The oceans need to be better protected by legislation.

The Kids want smart use of technology

They want appropriate technology, like solar powered desalination, and reverse osmosis put to use to manage our water supplies.

Kids see clean water as a right

Kids want water supplies managed so people have access to clean water regardless of where they live.

Kids want everyone to play their part

They want better use of water by industry. Production of potable water in WA is now expensive, and its supply at low cost for use in some industrial processes needs review.

Peace and Lifestyle

The Kids want to see their politicians show more respect

The current treatment of Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, people of colour, LGBTI people, and other marginalised groups needs improving. The Kids want all federal MPs to undergo basic cultural training and ALLY training to create more respectful leadership and harmonious community.

The Kids don’t want any children in detention centres

Children are being kept in detention centres without proper access to nutritious food, hygienic living conditions, sanitary items and medical aid. They want the children brought to a safe environment in Australia.

The Kids want to see respect for lore law

They want the rights of Indigenous Australians to be dealt with in a culturally sensitive way, and genuine engagement with leaders in the indigenous communities. Kids want us to work with indigenous people to reduce the disproportionate incarceration rates of their children.

Kids want compulsory education

Kids want Aboriginal history to be taught in all schools. Kids want local Aboriginal languages and culture taught in all schools and whole school participation in NAIDOC week celebrations. Kids want climate change taught in all schools. What the causes are and how each of us has a part to play in reducing our carbon footprint.

Kids see room for new policies

Kids find social and environmental justice policies lacking, or not taken seriously. They think we could do better in tackling poverty and the rich-poor divide in Australia. They know we can look after the land much better than we do. They want the use of their resources better taxed. They want a mining tax. They want a carbon tax. They want increased taxation on multinational corporations to subsidise environmental innovation.

Kids want equity for all

Kids want to live in a community that promotes equity. All councils should consider cultural and disability aspects in all new buildings and designs.

Plants

The Kids want to stop deforestation

Our forests are precious. They are carbon sinks, native wildlife habitats and tourist attractions, and they help to cool our planet. The Kids want us to stop cutting them down. They want an end to all the excuses that people use to constantly reduce the number of trees we have. They want to know that when they plant a tree, it will survive to provide the oxygen and habitat that it was intended to.

The Kids want more plants

The Kids are really concerned about loss of bushland and habitat in our city. Some Councils have only 10% tree canopy and 60% hard surfaces, such as buildings, car parks, paths and roads causing the suburbs to be hotter. Kids know we need to restore the tree canopies in Australia to cool our cities, replenish our oxygen supplies and to help stabilise our climate against floods and droughts. The Kids want to see a commitment from all levels of government to increase the overall number of trees in Australia.

Kids want to build ecological links

Kids understand that it’s not all about individual trees, but more about ecologies. They want to see connections between areas of high diversity in Perth and across the state. They want to see cooperation and coordination between different governments and councils to acquire strategic land for linking up bush.

Kids want better road design

Kids were having a say when the Roe 8 protests were in full swing. Kids are now out having a say about the Ring Road in the South West. They want better design that protects trees, wetlands and bushland. They want to link the South West with the train system to stop the number of cars, destruction of forests for Ring Roads and widening due to congestion.

The Kids want to see more recycled timber

While they know timber should be a renewable resource, Kids don’t think we are doing enough to recover the material already in use. They want better use of trees that are cut down for any reason, and better recovery of timber from demolition sites.

Kids want school bushland and trees protected

Councils measure school bushland and trees as part of the overall canopy for their targets, but Kids are concerned schools don’t have their own canopy targets. Too many schools lose tree canopy for new buildings and built infrastructure. Kids see school grounds as important community resources, and want an overall plan in partnership with other government departments to protect these precious sites for future generations.

The Kids want native vegetation on verges

Verges with native vegetation require less water and less maintenance than a grassy verge as well as acting as a carbon sink and a habitat for bees and native birds. They want to see funding available for people that want to plant native vegetation on their verges.

The Kids want better use made of land that is cleared

They are sick of seeing bushland cleared for the sake of a one-storey building or a few car parking spots. They want to see building regulations insist that infrastructure makes efficient use of cleared land. Kids would rather see one acre of land cleared for a ten-storey residential complex than ten acres cleared for a series of bungalows. The kids want higher density living, balanced with public open space!

Kids want rules for private land

Too many new developments have no trees at all. Old houses are being knocked down and no trees are left. Kids want a minimum number of trees per block.

Kids want better legislation

Currently the fines for knocking down all the trees in a development are so small they are not a deterrent at all. Kids want much harsher penalties!

Kids want revegetation a priority for all levels of government

Kids want to work with Councils on their coordinated revegetation projects to cool the city through Green Lab. They want all levels of Government involved to ensure Councils are supported in their objectives.

Kids want more Green Space

Kids want to see a fund to purchase land for conservation. Currently any land that is for sale gets bought by developers or industry, cleared and built on.

Air and Transport

The Kids want public transport, cycling and walking accessibility prioritised

They are concerned that city development and expansion programs continue to prioritise car transport. This isn’t practical in growing cities, and they want less cars. The Kids want infrastructure to best support and encourage people travelling by public transport, by bike or by foot. The Kids also want the real advantages and savings for the community of increased public transport use recognised with financial incentives for people to use it. Kids want to see a public transport friendly city, with cars banned from the CBD, and free CAT bus services extended to other areas.

The Kids want changes in the cars we drive

Hydrogen fuel cell cars combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce water and electricity! The kids would like to see the automotive industry in Australia move away from fossil fuels and towards hydrogen from green sources such as hydroelectric dams. They want to see promotion and development of electric and electronic cars and components. They want to see incentives for low carbon emission vehicles and transport systems.

Kids want us to take the lead on new technology

They want us to support and develop hydrogen fuelled cars and biofuel powered air transport. Kids say free energy, or energy from growing plants should be underpinning our transport systems.

The Kids want to say thank you

Kids want to thank you for some great policies, projects and initiatives that have had a positive impact on people and the environment and they want you to know that they celebrate the positives as well as tackling the issues.

For more information please contact:

Millennium Kids Inc Youth Board

info@millenniumkids.com.au

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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THE PROBLEM:

Your website film is really great. We have watched it and you can say a big well done to all the people, especially the kids, that participated in it! It is really inspiring.

We decided we would love to help, to create a speech and promote your organization in our school, to raise funds for kids to do a new project. We imagine you need funds for projects, right?

OUR IDEA

So we are really happy to tell that it took some time but we ran a casual clothes day! It happened a few weeks back, just before our holidays.

We were a bit disappointed about the amount of money that the students in our school were willing to give, but also it was a Friday, the last day before holidays, so maybe half the school was present.

ACTION

We raised $210.00 in total. We really hope this can help Millennium Kids Inc achieve even more amazing projects.

Thanks to this project and Millennium Kids for really opening my eyes about climate change and the impact we humans have on the environment.

I am now really careful about my plastic consumption and I try to make people understand my point of view. This is thanks to your organization, so I would like to thank you a thousand times!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you have an idea of how you can help mentor a project or fund raise for a project you see on the site email info@millenniumkids.com.au

Millennium Kids will keep you up to date with project progress.

I hope you will have a magnificent earth friendly day!

Lila, Emma and Lucy, Year 10, Traralgon College, Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

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Introducing Taylah, our newest MK member!

Our MK friend, Joy, saw Taylah’s illustration on Facebook and thought MK would be the prefect place to give her a shout out.
What inspired you to draw your illustration?
The thing that inspired me to create the illustration was that people enjoy all of their items, their easily packaged food and cosmetics, and their electricity. They do know somewhat what goes into the creation of these things, but prefer to turn a blind eye. Pollution is an ongoing issue that will continue to get worse if you don’t choose to see it.
What is your favourite place in the natural world?
I absolutely love the few untouched forests of the world. I like to visit the stumps of old growth trees that were cut down and imagine what it was like in its former glory. The pristine beauty of forests is amazing. The wildlife, and the crisp thick trees work together to make a beautiful landscape.
If you were Ruler of the World what would  be the first three new environmental laws that you would bring in?
Rule 1:
If I was the ruler of the world my first rule would be to find a renewable and sustainable energy source. Air pollution has a big impact, and I believe if we stop using fossil fuels such as coal, and turn to something more sustainable such as solar, wind, methane gas energy the world would be a better place.
Rule 2:
My second rule would be to ban micro plastic, and single use plastics. Single use plastics use fossils fuels extracted from the earth, that take millions of years to form, to produce something that will be used once, then is thrown away. It will then continue to torment the environment for another couple of hundred years. It just seems pointless. Micro plastics, such as some “biodegradable” plastics, break down into tiny microscopic pieces of plastic, which gets into our own waterways, and sea life ingest it, and we end up ingesting it ourselves.
Rule 3:
My last but not least rule would be to ban, not immediately, cars that run on fossil fuels. Gases are being released into the atmosphere all hours of the day, and it is contributing to global warming. Global warming is an issue that needs addressing. The polar ice caps are melting, the polar bears will have nowhere to go, and once the ice is melted, where will it go? Lots of land will be covered, and with the population growing this is not beneficial.

PLANTS

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Hey everyone,

Last weekend I took my MK buddies to look at my revegetation patch and then we went on a nice long walk  and  checked out the plants on the Heritage Trail nearby.

I’m rehabilitating bush behind my house in a two kilometre stretch, and as the land had been cleared before, weeds form most of the local plant community. My aim is to change that and restore comparative health to the bush by getting rid of weeds and replanting natives. Although this may sound simple, it’s actually a very complicated process involving careful biological monitoring and strategic planting of micro biomes and micro climates. For example a dryandra 10 centimetres away from another may be dying whilst the other one thrives. This is usually due to the high variation of microclimates in an area. Micro climates are basically variations on light, rainfall, humidity, disease, fungi, fauna passage and soil. These tiny factors can pre-determine the failure or success of a plant. With these things worked out I then systematically remove and replace weeds with natives. If I just ploughed out all of the weeds then that would leave the area mostly devoid of cover for native plants or animals. By taking out small patches out at a time I avoid that. I also never use pesticides for any weed, no matter how annoying. Pesticides are like nuclear bombs, killing almost every living thing and endangering all remaining with cancer and other diseases. This is very destructive for the short and long term health of the area affected. So therefore I only dig out weeds. I’m currently rehabilitating a small area of weed infested heath. Things are shaping up as I’ve had some great visitors!

Written by Charles

WASTE

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Reflecting both our addiction to this ubiquitous product and the wicked problem it has become, this is the new Masters Studio Unit run by Industrial Design Research Lab (IDRL) at the School of Design of the University of Western Australia. No surprise that the course, coordinated by Lara Camilla Pinho, was quickly filled to capacity.

The unit builds on the work of the IDRL in designing architectural products from recycled plastic, and in this case, they have added layers of cost efficiency, sustainability and cultural sensitivity to the course, by adopting our Sumbawa project as a real-world case study.

With our partners in WeSAVE actively negotiating for land for their waste plastic management facility, the next big task is to get a structure up to house equipment and create a workspace. Once they are efficiently sorting and chipping, we can move on to the development of an innovation hub to value add the collected plastic.

Enter UWA, who after a chance meeting with MK, have responded at extraordinarily short notice to develop this Masters unit. In the Studio, students are tasked with both developing a useful architectural product from used plastic, and also designing our core community-based facility.

Rather than showing them what we thought the facility might look like, we gave the students a rapid-fire slide show of images of Sumbawa to give some context, and supplied some raw engineering data. They got aerial images, and copies of Process Flow drawings and floor area calculations that our volunteer engineer Neville Horner put together for WeSAVE on a visit to Sumbawa last year. The challenge for MK and WeSAVE was to minimise our influence on the design element, but maximise the students cultural, geographic, and economic understanding of the setting that their work will fit into.

While their brief only extends to the design of the core processing facility, the students are aware of the aspirations that WeSAVE have for the site, and its interface with the community. We have discussed the addition of canteen, creche and mosque areas for workers and possibly the local population as well. These elements are included in the students site treatment, but not developed.

After negotiating the usual visa and travel planning hurdles, and with only a day to spare, we got two members of WeSAVE down to Perth to participate in the Design Jury, where students present their developing ideas and models. Arriving at midnight, for their first visit to Australia, and then getting whisked off to participate in a university program the next day might seem a bit unfair, but Adi Puronomo and Minda Yustikasari took it all in their stride. They were in Perth for two weeks, which allowed a return visit the following week for an informal chat with some of the students.

The design students will now finalise their work for submission by mid-year. We are optimistic that we will be able to draw on multiple designs and product ideas for the next stage, and that some of the students may choose to continue to be involved with the project.

Millennium Kids is very much enjoying the exciting and positive new partnership with the UWA School of Design, and plan to be knocking on their door with a few more nascent projects very soon.

 

By Wayne O’Sullivan, MK Resource NOT Rubbish Coordinator

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Minda and I are from a small island, Sumbawa, in Indonesia. We came to Perth on 10th April and we will stay with Millennium Kids organisation for 12 days of workshops, site visits and environmental experiences.

This is our story.

Minda and I departed from Perth towards Coolgardie town on 13th April with Wayne and Catrina from Millennium Kids Inc. It took 7 hours of driving but we had one night camping in the great beautiful green Great Western Woodland.

We climbed to the to the top of McDermid Rock and saw a beautiful view of the Woodland and we saw various species of beautiful birds. We camped overnight and the next morning we continued our trip to mother of the Goldfields, Coolgardie via Norseman and Kalgoorlie.

In the afternoon we arrived to the small, quiet, beautiful town Coolgardie and we visited Aunty Betty, who is an elder and local government Councilor. Aunty Betty is amazing indigenous woman, she is very nice to us and hosted us very well with a cup of tea and told us lots of information about Ngadju people, which is one of the indigenous people in the area. After we had a beautiful information exchange with Aunty Betty we went to the local park where all the kids and families were hanging out and we set up the barbecue for a sausage sizzle.

While we were cooking the food we also invited the Ngadju kids around the park to come join us for food and Minda and I were excited because that was our first time to meet them. We greeted and introduced each other with those indigenous kids. Seriously it was so much fun even though they were a bit shy at the first time we met, but by the time we left they were showing themselves – they are nice kids to talk with. Minda and I were telling them the main propose that we came from Indonesia to visit their town just because we want to see something different from Perth city. They told us that they wanted to take us for a guided eco-tour around Coolgardie town for the next day. They showed us there Kids on Country book and talked about the plants and animals. We looked at bus medicine planet and learnt the names.

From their character and also their spirit it was clear they were very friendly and I can say that they are actually gorgeous.

Next morning after we had a good night sleep and pretty good breakfast by Mr Wayne we picked the kids up in they showed us the woodland surrounding the town. While we were driving around the town we picked more kids up from each house. The kids took us to the first place where they told us the story of crow and the eagle. They told us the story about it perfectly, actually they were a bit nervous to be the speaker but it was great. I picked up some of the indigenous spirit values through the story they told.

Not only that, we visited Burra Rock, another historical place outside Coolgardie. It took about one hour to get there from the town. When we got there the kids took me up in the rock face. They showed me the dam, and the place where a pig farmer once lived. They took me to the rock pools on the rock and the kids told me that those water spots had been managed by the elders a long time ago as water was a precious resource for them.

They also showed me a beautiful small reptile. It was a lizard. The lizard was really fast and so hard for me to get close and I think impossible for me to catch. Those kids told us that actually Ngadju people love to catch and eat that lizard long ago, to help them survive in the dry woodland. And my first question to them was “ How did they catch the lizard? As you know they are so fast. And seriously they answered that Ngadju people made up the rock piles and when the lizard get in to the pile and they collapsed the piles, and of course it will hit the lizard underneath. That was the way they caught it. They said. What amazing information.

Well time ran so fast and it made me hungry and a bit thirsty. The kids brought me down to the base camp. When I got down to the base camp I was so exited to see the girls that came along with us were preparing the food for lunch. All of them took a hand in this job and helped each other to serve the food – chopping the salad vegetables, cooking the sausages and slicing the bread. Kids are amazing! I can’t believe they can arrange everything perfectly. Actually those kids really made my day, more than my expectation.

We went back to the town after we had an awesome lunch together. We stopped on the way back, we checked out some pools full of water. We saw tadpoles and snails. We dropped the kids back to their houses and we said goodbye as we had become good friend.

What I got for myself – I can learn something from them! It was an amazing to experience these kids telling me their stories on country.

Authors: Minda and Adi are Yaysan We SAVE members from the Millennium Kids collaboration project in Dompu, Sumbawa

 

PLANTS

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There is no better way to learn the science of the river than to be immersed in a series of river fieldtrips.

Millennium Kids worked with Wesley College Junior School teachers to design a 9 week scientists in residence program on the banks of the Swan River, exploring the past, learning about the human impacts on the river and citizen science programs to help the community engage with real science and river care.

Students visited the river each week along with scientists, citizen scientists and river stakeholders. Students took water samples, met with City of South Perth Environmental Management team and learnt about managing river and wetland health. Each fieldstrip saw the students writing down their observations, monitoring the site and developing inquiry questions and pitching ideas for river care.

The highlight of the program saw the students meet with Green Lab Ambassadors Prof Lyn Beazley and Patrick. Patrick, an avid bird watcher, painter and MK Youth Board member talked to the students about his passion for birds and the need to protect their habitats. Patrick talked about how he spends his weekends monitoring birds at his favorite bushland sites with his father and sending the data to Birdlife Australia.

Prof Lyn Beazley discussed her passion for science and the journeys it has taken her on, monitoring birds, visiting the Antarctic and using science to solve the big questions.

This is the second year of the program and the final week culminated in a sedge planting activity at Lake Douglas in Sir James Mitchell Park. Students planted 160 sedges on the banks of the lake for bird habitat.

‘ We need to make sure everyone knows we planted these sedges’ said Leroy. ‘ We don’t want the gardeners accidently cutting them down with their whipper snippers. The sedges are for the birds.’

The students at Wesley College will help Millennium Kids Wetland Warriors teams plant the site with native vegetation and monitor the plant growth over a three year period.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has funded Millennium Kids Wetland Warriors for three years, with a Community Rivercare Program grant. The Green Lab introduces a new generation of Perth citizens to help conserve the natural, cultural and social amenity values of the rivers, tributaries and urban drains within the Swan Canning Catchment.