When did you get involved with Millennium Kids?

I got involved in the middle of 2019.

What are your activities and what do they involve?

I am volunteering with Millennium Kids in a research and analysis role. My tasks mostly involve quantitative analysis. At the moment, I am primarily focused on setting the organisation’s budgets and helping mentor a group of high school students in laying the foundation for their idea of creating edible cutlery.

What attracted you to the cause?

There still exists a strong apathy towards environmental concerns in significant parts of our communities. This is concerning not only for the future of the habitability of the Earth – insofar as humansurvival is concerned – but presents grave socio-economic and political concerns. Millennium Kids has the ability to address this failure of our educational system in a way that most environmental organisations could not. Its experience with working with and alongside youths places it in a unique position to craft messages that would be more receptive to younger audiences, while being more emotionally appealing to adults.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

Millennium Kids’ most important work lies in exposing youths to the myriad considerations that have to be taken into account in order to advance their projects. Through its programs, the idealistic concepts conceived by youths could be tempered with realistic considerations that are necessary to ensure success. In encouraging children to think about the “how” rather than the “what” from an early age, and in introducing them to the corporate and/or political world, Millennium Kids provide a considerable amount of assistance in setting these children up for success in future projects.

What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?

It is my hope that Millennium Kids would eventually shift to helping children better address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns. Whether it be through projects with long-term (though not necessarily large-scale) goals in mind, or to help children adjust their addresses to politicians from a more rational, less emotional angle (to me, the former is more impactful than the latter at passing legislation). Accordingly, it would not be unwelcome to see children understand not only the other side of the argument, but also the difficulties in realizing certain goals – for instance, the obstacles to a complete shift to renewables or to see world peace. Should such understanding exist, long-term change could be better made.

What’s your top tip for living a more sustainable life?

Education and innovation. Environmental sustainability is about more than saving water and planting trees. Bandages to stem crises are, by definition, unsustainable, even if the obvious math in regards to its environmental impact were ignored. On the other hand, objectively learning about environmental issues and then disseminating that information helps promote greater awareness and apply pressure to cut down on negative externalities.

Do you have a message to share?

Never run with scissors.

#1000actionsfortheplanet

#responsibleconsumptionandproduction

 

My name is Rebecca and I am 10 years old. Earlier this year we had Cat from Millennium Kids come to our school to talk to us about the dangers of a wasteful planet. When I say “waste” I don’t just mean plastic pollution but that’s what I mainly focused on.

That day, I learnt that one kid CAN make a difference, by not using single use plastics like straws and bags. I got inspired! So this is where my project started. I decided to decline individually packaged foods and to not wrap my school lunches in plastic-wrap. Instead I found a recipe online on how to make beeswax-wraps, which are pieces of fabric coated in beeswax and you use them in place of plastic wrap. My mum and I experimented with the recipe and made ourselves a set for home which we all loved using and found that they were very effective.

At the same time, my class was also inspired by Cat’s fun presentation and were trying to encourage the whole school, starting with my class to have waste free Wednesday. One morning when I was making my lunch I had a brain-sparkmoment!!! I could make a beeswax wrap for everyone in my class! It would take some time but that was okay since I enjoyed doing it and the holidays coming up soon, and hopefully it would encourage my class to go waste free. So that’s exactly what I did. I made thirty six wraps which was enough for all my class mates, teachers, and Deputy Principals. My friend told me that they changed her lunchbox and lifestyle. Which made me feel great.

I did more research and found another recipe which was easier and even more effective.

The ingredients are beeswax, coconut oil and gum rosin.

I love the final product.

 

Thanks to the City of Stirling for the Living Green support for our school.

At the recent Western Australian HASS teachers conference, My Future My Voice, Millennium Kids were lucky enough to be able to deliver the keynote speech on the Saturday of the program. We followed an excellent Welcome to Country from a HASS teacher Dylan Collard.

Catrina Aniere, CEO and former teacher, led the keynote speech. She spoke about her experience in a classroom and different strategies used to engage children with the curriculum. She described taking children out on country to learn about the land in Port Hedland and taking children down to the river in South Perth.

Cat went on to tell the story of the beginnings of Millennium Kids. Some of Cats’ students were selected to attend a UN youth conference and when they got back to Australia they decided that they wanted to run their own conference – a conference run for kids by kids. It was the first conference of its kind and was the beginning of Kids Helping Kids, a group that later developed into Millennium Kids.

Some of the Millennium Kids  talked about their projects. Ebonie spoke about her fundraiser disco for Kids on Country. It’s going to be a super fun event in October to raise money for a fantastic cause – taking indigenous children out on country their local elders to build life skills and care for their land.

Patrick spoke about his project where he is painting native birds. He intends to create a poster or a calendar to inform people about the value of planting native species in your own garden and how it can be used to attract and retain native birds.

Charles spoke about his revegetation project on an area near his house. He described some of the most interesting plants that he had found and the processes that he was taking to care for his patch such as manually weeding the area.

Ebonie, Patrick and Charles all described the processes that they went through to pitch their project, acquire funding and the work that they have done on their project until now.

I had the opportunity to speak about my project – Youth Challenges on the Environment 2019I have compiled a document of issues that Millennium Kids have identified and suggestions that they have come up with. I’ve presented the ideas in the form of draft policies, and presented them to Stephen Dawson, our environment minister at the Millennium Kids website launch this year. I was motivated by the sheer volume of ideas created in the workshops with Millennium Kids. Each project undertaken by a young person focuses on one or two issues so I wanted to make sure that youth voices were heard regarding all the issues that they care about.

It was humbling to be asked to speak about our projects at a teacher’s conference. The way that Millennium Kids operates is different to conventional classroom. Kids make the decisions, we choose what to learn and explore and what projects to work on. Cathy, one of our Council members, explained the role that mentors have within Millennium Kids. This gave the audience a sense of how our organisation operates. She described the artist that has helped Patrick develop his artwork, the lawyer that helped to edit my policies and how she herself had mentored children that wanted to do projects on turtles.

We got a great response from the conference and had many people approach us at the market afterwards to ask questions about our projects and our workshops, buy our merchandise and offer their help as mentors. We look forward to working with the HASS community in our endeavours!

 

Written by MK Rachel

Westminster Junior Primary School teams have some cool ideas for reducing waste at school. The 20 Junior Primary students have been looking at what it means to be a sustainability leader. The students have been keeping a diary of the changes they make. They have mapped a number of ideas for both personal action and as school-based projects. Here are some of the ideas they have put into action so far.

  • I talked to my mum about plastic bags and now she is using cloth bags.
  • We checked out the bin near our classroom and found people had thrown out whole pieces of fruit. We are going to have a BIG FRUIT BOWL where kids can donate their fruit if they don’t want it. Others can take fruit from the bowl if they are hungry.
  • I am going to try to reduce the single use plastic in my lunchbox.
  • I like the ice-cream from the canteen but it comes in single use plastic. We could try to make the waste into an art project. We are going to make our own waste free icy poles next term.

Even the teachers are getting on board. One teacher is going to try making toothpaste and the other teacher is bringing her own fork so she doesn’t use a plastic single use one from the canteen.

The program is part of #1000actionsfortheplanet, supported by the Living Green program, funded by City of Stirling. The students have taken part in 2 sessions to look at the big issues, challenge themselves to make small changes and develop a school waste management plan.

 

 

 

Thanks a million Fred Africa, Producer and Presenter, for community TV program,The Couch, for contacting Millennium Kids about the possibility of a monthly segment on their tv show.

Patrick, MK Youth Board member,  put his hand up straight away and joined me on The Couch for our first session. We talked about #1000actionsfortheplanet and how everyone could make changes to their lifestyle to help the planet.

Patrick talked up his passion for birds and his calendar project.

If you are interested in appearing on the program with other Millennium Kids email me at catrina@millenniumkids.com.au with your project idea.

Cat MK CEO

Embracing The Environment: Education And Socialisation For Homeschoolers

By Guest Writer Jennifer Collin

In Australia alone, over 30,000 children are homeschooling. Public education is often a hotly debated topic, polarizing parents and politicians on the issues of education quality, curriculum, and content. Some parents want to tailor the topics or pace of the classroom; others are committed to protecting their children from bullying, and encourage them to collaborate with people of all different religions, races and ideologies to promote a more peaceful planet. Organizations are popping up all over, like Millenium Kids, a project dedicated to enabling children to become empowered in tackling issues like education, environmentalism, and sustainability on a community level. Whatever their reason for homeschooling, socialization remains a real challenge, and some parents feel helpless in addressing this issue. Parents can meet socialization and education goals simultaneously by collaborating with other homeschoolers to work on a cause like the environment.

Connect With Your Homeschool Community On A Common Cause

When the classroom size is limited to one or two children, it can be challenging to teach kids the “soft skills” that they would otherwise learn when attending a traditional public school. As their parent and teacher, it is critical to create a curriculum that fosters learning while not sacrificing socialisation with similar-aged peers. One way to do this is to reach out to other homeschoolers in your local area. Create a Facebook group or host a meetup with like-minded families to familiarise yourself and your homeschoolers with the community. Many parents and homeschoolers support an important and educational cause like the environment to connect with the community and teach children about science, climate, and collaboration. Going on camping trips or group excursions to parks and nature centres fosters socialisation while creating an opportunity to teach children about nature, the environment, biology, climate, and earth science.

Get Involved And Get Creative 

Home-schooled children could choose to focus on environmental groups, for example, and participate in activities like camping, park clean ups, and conservation events. Getting the kids involved in planning these activities is sure to enhance the experience and increase the likelihood that your child will be enthusiastic about participating. Plan a camping trip with your child, and reach out to other local homeschoolers to invite other kids. Before the outing, invite others to a meet and greet, where you can get to know other parents and children. Get creative, and have the kids work on a D.I.Y. project to use on the trip, or create informational flashcards about the plants and animals they may encounter. Take the time to teach the kids about the importance of cleaning up their camping spaces and respecting wildlife. This meetup not only provides an opportunity to chat logistics, but also is a great way to get the kids excited about the upcoming social gathering and drive home the educational aspects of the event.

Encouraging your child to get involved in a cause with other homeschoolers is is a great way to ensure that your child is socialising with their peers and forming critical bonds and friendships, despite being homeschooled. Reach out to organizations that encourage creative collaboration with youth, like Millennium Kids. Keep an open mind, and be sure to source advice from your homeschooling community to overcome any challenges you may face in creating your child’s curriculum or managing your relationship with the child as both teacher and parent. By remaining involved with your community and relying on a bit of creative thinking, you can successfully homeschool your child and avoid any major socialisation challenges. Focusing on a cause like the environment, and involving your community in this cause is a perfect way to encourage socialisation and education simultaneously, as well as having a positive impact on the environment.

 

If you are keen on setting up a Homeschool Green lab with Millennium Kids Inc please email info@millenniumkids.com.au

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.

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

 

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

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

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

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.