The Citizens’ Assembly youth-led steering committee has now run three regional deliberations in Mundaring, Karratha and Bunbury. These deliberations aim to facilitate conversations with the young people around “how can we, in Western Australia, collectively tackle climate change while supporting our places to thrive? What does this mean for the way we live and our environment?”

It has been fantastic to have Professor Janette Hartz Karp advising our committee and we were excited to have Dr Naomi Godden as an expert advisor at our Bunbury Deliberation. Our next Youth Climate Deliberation will be in City of Mandurah on 29th September 2021.

As part of these  deliberations the participants  will  create action plans for how they are going to implement their proposed solutions and present their plans to decision makers.

For more information email bellap@millenniumkids.com.au

 

The Your Move schools team is excited to invite schools to nominate 10 students accompanied by a teacher to attend one of our Term 2 Your Move Leadership Labs. These Labs will be facilitated by Millennium Kids, using project based learning tools to engage and empower the students.

At the two day labs students and teachers will:

  • Be introduced to Millennium Kids Project Based Learning tools;
  • Have opportunities to share ideas with students from other schools;
  • Find out about the skills and knowledge needed to develop a successful project to get people active at your school;
  • Plan a project in collaboration with others;
  • Pitch a project to a panel of experts and get support from the Your Move team after the Labs.

Check out the Lab calendar and email info@millenniumkids.com.au for more information.

  • Your Move Leadership Lab 1
City of Perth –  17th and 18th June 2021
  • Your Move Leadership Lab 2 
City of Rockingham – 23rd and 24th June
  • Your Move Leadership Lab 3
City of Stirling –  28 and 29th June 2021
  • Your Move Leadership Lab 4
City of Albany – 1st and 2nd July 2021

There are teacher relief packages available for schools. Places are still available. 

Hello everyone! My name is Bronte and I will be the Guest Editor for the next newsletter. My pronouns are she/her and I am a Millennium Kids member. My action for 1000 Actions for the Planet is to create a newspaper that highlights small businesses in the community making change for the better. As well as highlighting small businesses, it also spotlights people in the community performing sustainable actions. This would give hope to people reading, highlighting that people are making a change. Also, I hope my newspaper will give these businesses more publicity so they can grow. It would also, in theory, make more people buy sustainable products and that would decrease prices of sustainable things. To achieve this goal, I was given a wonderful opportunity to be Guest Editor of this newsletter for the next 6 months to get experience in this sector. I hope you all enjoy the next newsletter!    – Bronte

We are super excited to be supporting our friends from Yayasan We SAVE to build their school and waste education building in 2021. Abu and the team have been working with local design teams to cost the build and draw up plans for Stage 1. The building will have room for three classes and will house the Yayasan We SAVE office. The building will be on land purchased in Dompu, Sumbawa with support from WA based Owen Francis Foundation.

The school already has 50 students from local villages registered and will have waste education as a major curriculum focus. The school will be supported by Millennium Kids in curriculum development and students will have access to MK skills for life process.

The Stage 1 building will be funded through donations to MK Enviro Fund and we have already raised funds for Stage 1 through friends of Millennium Kids.

Millennium Kids looks forward to keeping you up to date with progress. If you want further information on the project email wayne@millenniumkids.com.au

Woot! Woot! It is 2021 and we are on a roll!

Our Coolgardie mob have spoken up. Through a youth voice session as part of the Nutha Way program in 2020, kids said they wanted more activities to keep them safe, active and outdoors. The kids helped make a film to share their ideas about the local skate park park which was used to pitch for funds in the Heath Foundation’s Active Australia Innovation Challenge. And with the announcement that the application was successful, kids will be able to take part in a range of skate and scooter workshops at the local skatepark in 2021.

The $10,000 grant will help take thirty young people through a series of skatepark skills and training workshops where children and young people will learn how to skate, set up a skate – scooter competition and activate the local skatepark over a 12 month period in collaboration with local Police.

By empowering young people through a skills for life process the program aims to help them set up their own skate – scooter program, empower young people to track their own physical activity and well being and learn about the link between physical activity, healthy food and mental health.

Thanks heaps to Jane Pompey for stepping up and helping with the filmmaking at part of her Certificate  1V Mental Health, Marr Mooditj Training Aboriginal Corporation. Jane has been completing her work placement with Millennium Kids and has been looking at ways to get kids active in an effort to improve their mental health and well being. As part of the pitch to the Heart Foundation Jane worked with Media on Mars team to create a short film showing how the new program could increase physical activity and bring a range of benefit to the kids and their families.

The Nutha Way program is an initiative of the Law Society of Western Australia, that is facilitated by Millennium Kids and Media on Mars. The program is sponsored by Lotterywest and the Department of Justice, through the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program, and aims to improve relations and reduce negative incidents of interaction with the Justice system.

 

Over the last few weeks our Citizen Assembly youth team have been actively networking, pitching our Citizen Assembly on Climate Change ideas and getting feedback. We even showed our film to the Sir Tim Smit of Eden Project at our MK2030 event recently.

The TEDxPerth Countdown: Climate Leadership Summit event in November was a great opportunity for some of our team to connect with changemakers and hear from some amazing people doing their bit to get climate on the agenda.

Bella B, one of our MK youth leaders, spoke to Prof Fiona Stanley at the event about the teams’ commitment to climate change and discussed the need to have some hard hitting adults supporting the kids’ ideas for the future. The team talked up their commitment to delivering a Youth Led Citizen Assembly on Climate Change in Mandurah alongside the AAEE Biennial Conference next year, 28th September to 30 October 2021.

I met with James Lush, from Lush, and Mark Andrich, from Sustainability Platform, this week as they will be supporting and mentoring our team in the lead up to 2021.

We are now looking for 50 Climate Champions, 10 to 24 years to to help with the project. If you are interested in climate change, have some event management, technology or communication skills and want to learn about deliberative democracy then we want you on our team.  We will be meeting for a day of activity and action on Sunday 17th January 2021 to plan the future. Please bellap@milenniumkids.com.au for more information.

Written by Bella P, Youth Board Member

 

You might wonder why this team is working together, focussing on the task of building the most robust spaghetti and marshmallow tower? It is all part of the ‘skills for life’ fun the students had at Bob Hawke College recently as part of the 1000 Actions for the Planet program – a program where kids can change their world.

This week Millennium Kids ran a follow-up mentoring session with the year 7 students at Bob Hawke College as part of their  project development.

The students provided updates on their sustainability projects, pitched their projects ideas, and worked with MK’s Cat to figure out their next steps. MK also brought in its newest intern, Christopher, as part of its partnership with UWA’s McCusker Centre for Citizenship program. Christopher pitched to the students his work with MK and spent the remaining session hearing each students’ ideas.

“Having the opportunity to visit Bob Hawke and hear the students pitch their project was an eye-opening experience. The ideas they had were innovative and thoughtful, from re-purposing used plastic to designing a digital database to document and track native wildlife. The level of professionalism and chronological planning by the kids was a welcome surprise as well.” Christopher said.

The year 7 students will have two more workshops with Millennium Kids before they pitch their ideas to interested private and public sector stakeholders as part of the MK commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Curtin University students Elliah, Jesmine and Rachel joined the Bob Hawke College Sustainability Club students to make a film about the process. Check it out here.

Story by Christopher, McCusker Centre for Citizenship

WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleproductionandconsumption

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

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

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

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland

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