WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleconsumptionandproduction

Hey MK Crew

Maybe you can help?
Today I am outraged! I bottled peaches this morning and now have these stickers gracing the fruit boxes, floor and kitchen sink. 11 peaches = 11 stickers for these two jars of preserved peaches. To add insult to injury these came directly from an orchard as seconds and some didn’t have stickers. I am bitterly disappointed – why do we need to label each piece of fruit? I am so over eating an apple and finding a portion of a label in my mouth. Surely the grower details on the fruit boxes at point of sale is adequate Quality Assurance and traceability?

Maybe we should label individual carrots,potatoes and onions with grower number and variety?????? But wait we could go nuts, pardon the pun, and label all walnuts, Brazil nuts and whatever nuts are on sale!

Can MK save our planet from fruit stickers? What solutions do you have for this wicked problem?

Anna B – MK Alumni

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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.

 

WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleproductionandconsumption

Hi I am Issy and I have always been a person who loves nature and animals and I always want to help them. We went to Bali for a holiday and I know for a fact their beaches and streets are full of rubbish. Immediately I wanted to do something about it so I asked my Aunty Emma if we could do a beach clean up. We searched on line for a charity called Trash Heroes, they clean up the beach every week on Monday. When we went to help out we and found a huge amount of rubbish. My heart instantly sank and I thought we would never be able to clean up the area. There were only about 20 people there but we did an absolutely amazing job.

I also try to help the BAWA Bali which helps Bali dogs. They have lots of dogs they help feed and home.

I also join Clean Up Australia Day every year. We try to get as many people as possible to help out at our local beach. I absolutely love all animals and will do anything I can to help them. If you see something that isn’t right, then make sure you help out in some way.

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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.

PLANTS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland #lifebelowwater

I rather like the secret grove of paperbarks on the river. It is a great place for imagining – imagining what the river was like before colonisation, asking the big questions:

How has it changed over time?

What will it look like in the future?

I take students to this little secret place of mine because their imaginations go wild, too. You can see it in their faces as I set the scene. Walk quietly, listen to the sounds. Close your eyes, imagine the past, the birds, the families who hunted here, the Chinese who managed the market gardens. I share stories of swimming in the river, the birds, the people I have met who have shared their stories, too.  Of Tom Hungerford as he opened the gate in the cold of the morning to look for cows, of Uncle Noel Nannup teaching me Nyoongar names, of the spirits that sit above the trees watching over us as we talk about the role of custodians, carers for our river, now and in the future.

Today was no different.

The students talk non stop on the way back to the classroom:

  • Does dog poo make the river sick?
  • Did you see the chitty chitty?
  • Will those trees be affected by climate change?
  • Why did people take the trees out?
  • What poison is in the cigarette butts?

These questions will form the basis of the next 9 weeks of Green Lab, where students from Wesley College will explore the river alongside scientists, artists and elders to learn about the area and make a plan to care for country. They’ll even get to meet Prof Lyn Beazley AO, Chief Scientist for WA 2006 – 2013.

Cat CEO Millennium Kids

For more information about how your school can get involved in this program email info@millenniumkids.com.au

WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleconsumptionandproduction

How nice is it to be out and about with the warm summer weather!! There are so many places you can go at the moment to have a meal from a food van- they are at our local Saturday farmers markets, twilight markets and food truck nights in the local park. You can go along, eat, listen to music and have a look around, but have you thought about the waste they generate?

All vans use disposable plates – mostly cardboard and plastic cutlery, so even though some of them biodegrade imagine how much waste each event makes?

We have decided to take our camping plates and forks as well as a sealable container to do our bit for the Waste Free Movement. We also ride our bikes which saves us time in the traffic, finding parking and the ride home in the dark is always an adventure!

What can you do for the MK Waste Free Movement?

MK Reporters in Action – Pheonix and Ebonie

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.

WATER

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifebelowwater

MK team were pretty excited to be invited to present their ideas on river care at the Healthy Rivers, Healthy Communities Forum by the Member for Bicton, Lisa O’Malley, in 2017. Having a say about our environment is an important part of the MK ‘skills for life’ process. Kids want a healthy river now and in the future. They want natural areas were biodiversity can thrive. They want protected areas, too.

The team presented their ideas to the audience and handed their wish list to the Minister for Environment, Stephen Dawson.

 

 

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

Conference 2020

The 21st Biennial AAEE National Conference – (That stands for Australian Association for Environmental Education!
29 September – 2 October 2020, Mandurah

Millennium Kids is excited to have two representatives on the Steering Committee for the 21st Biennial AAEE National Conference 2020. Bella B, our Youth Board Co President, will be one of the youth members keeping their eye on the future, alongside CEO Cat,  who will work with the AAEE team overseeing the conference development.

It is a fabulous opportunity for young people to influence the agenda, to ensure their voice is heard in the development of the program, ensuring the workshops and site visits have intergenerational thinking components.

” It is great to have young minds working together to focus on the world we want,” said Bella. ” We look forward to having youth involvement in the program development and an exciting youth stream for youth participants.”

Hundreds of teachers, environmental educators and influencers will join the conference to present important environmental work and develop a road map to a sustainable future.

For more information on how you can get involved email info@millenniumkids.com.au

ANIMALS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland

Hi my name is Patrick. I am a Millennium Kids Youth Board Member.

I love the native birds that live in my area. I am worried that the birds are disappearing because they have nowhere to go. In my #1000actionsfortheplanet project I am going to make a poster that shows people the types of plants they need in their gardens to attract birds.

I have stated painting postcards to raise money to pay for the cost of producing my poster. Nicky Shelton, bird lover and artist, has been my mentor. She has been teaching me different painting skills.

PLANTS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland

Kobi inspired the Millennium Kids Wetland Warrior program. Kobi arrived from Vietnam and soon discovered Sir James Mitchell Park and the wetland areas. He loved the birds and watched people feed the ducks. He ran home and asked his mother for some bread. He thought he was doing the right thing and headed back to the lakes to feed the wildlife.

He soon discovered that in fact feeding wildlife can cause problems. Birds and other animals can get sick from eating human food. It sparked his interest in joining Millennium Kids Inc.

Kobi’s story inspired the other members and they were soon designing a new project,  the Wetland Warrior series.

In 2018 Millennium Kids Wetland Warriors received a Community Rivercare Grant from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to undertake the kid’s ideas. The three year grant will see kids care for the Sir James Mitchell Park, Douglas Lake area, on the South Perth foreshore.  They will plant sedges and monitor their growth, survey birds and report their work to the Department over the three year period.

For more information about this program email info@millenniumkids.com.au

 

PLANTS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland

Our very own Isabella, (Izzy or Bella to some) got creative with kids ideas and created our Green Lab t shirt. Kids love trees and Bella thought it would be good to create a shirt for our StartSomeGood – Future Super Climate Green Lab campaign.

With help from Tracy, India and Antique we sourced Fair-trade, ethical, organic t shirts from Etikoa B Corp, Australian company.

We are super excited to see the shirts come to life and share our message about trees, our need to plant more and care for the ones we have.

For more information about Green Lab contact info@millenniumkids.com.au

ANIMALS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland #lifebelowwater

MK members are interested in (or love) turtles and tortoises and are curious about the ones that they see in Perth. Often they want to know more about them. We have two native freshwater turtles. The Western Long Necked Turtle and the Western Swamp Tortoise.

Long Necks are common but Western Swamp Tortoises are endangered. MK member and mentor Cathy Levett is a member of the ‘Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise’, a group that is dedicated to educating the community about our local turtles. She wrote a book which educates children about the critically endangered Western Swamp Tortoise.

Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise was launched by the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment and Jessica Shaw MLA, Member for Swan Hills on 7 March 2018 at Ellenbrook Library. (if Jess is in the photo too). The photos in the book show Westy’s life from hatching at Perth Zoo to living in the swamp and children to understand why he is endangered.

Cathy has been working with (or has been a member of) MK for over 20 years and she loves helping kids connect with and learn about nature. She says “I love listening to young people talk about their concerns for the natural environment and their ideas for solutions. Working with MK gives me the opportunity to support and encourage them to turn their ideas into action.”