#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

#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

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland #peaceandjustice 

A whole lot of excitement in the MK Office this week. Dean from The Law Society Western Australia, rang to say The Lore Law Project been recognised by the State Government with a $200,000 grant, the maximum grant amount, from the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program. I had the pleasure of relaying the message to Jaz, our MK Indigenous Co Facilitator in Kalgoorlie. The excitement was palpable.

“This is a dream come true,” she screamed over the phone. “It’s fantastic…at last we can to listen to the kids and use their ideas to make their community better.”

When Jaz was a kid she went to Sevenoaks College in Cannington. She joined The Public Transport Authority’s Right Track program, designed and facilitated in collaboration with Millennium Kids, and helped create a new way of thinking when working with young indigenous people on the local Perth train line. Kids were getting up to mischief, displaying anti social behaviour, not paying their train fares and getting into trouble.

The Sevenoaks kids went on camp with Millennium Kids for a Ningaloo Explore experience in the Cape Range National Park. With five days of leadership training, kayaking, native animal monitoring and meeting with local elders, kids were immersed in the local environment. They came out with a Certificate1 in Leadership, and were prepared to lead their community. They tackled the anti social behaviour on the trains in a youth led, culturally sensitive way.

The Right Track continues  to be an award winning  youth program.

In 2016 Jaz joined the Millennium Kids team again. This time as a leader and co facilitator of the Lore Law Project, a program to address the high rates of indigenous youth incarceration in the state. Along with other Sevenoaks graduates, Jaz helped design the Lore Law Project alongside elders, Millennium Kids, The Law Society, and Kammi from Media on Mars, with input from a range of stakeholders.

How do we tackle the big issues with indigenous kids? How do we skill them up, empower them and keep them out of gaol?

Law Society President Greg McIntyre SC said, “The Law Society is delighted to receive this grant for its Lore Law Project. From its inception, the Project has engaged with Aboriginal communities, young people and Elders, who have been central to its planning, development and implementation.

The Lore Law Project provides an important conduit through which young Aboriginal people can voice matters of interest or concern to them. Stakeholders from the police, judiciary, legal profession and support services also have an opportunity to engage with Aboriginal communities in a two-way process.

The Lore Law Project offers a ‘skills for life’ approach to create self-worth in young people, enabling them to make positive contributions to society, as they grow into adulthood and embark on pathways to employment.”

For more information contact info@millenniumkids.com.au

At the recent Millennium Kids AGM at Trillion Trees headquarters in Hazelmere, twenty young people aged 5-20 sat in the conference to pitch their unique project ideas to Board and Council members.
These ideas ranged from school-greening petitions, monitoring local wildlife, delivering education programs to anti-climate change alliances with corporate stakeholders in Australia and beyond. The Kids are responding to a dire need for environmental action in the Perth region. Millennium Kids is where children and young people are empowered to change the grim future presented to them by the media and older generations. It’s a place where things get done, by young people who care.
With Kids at the helm, the MK team worked together to turn the ideas into action through the Green Lab Project, a citizen science initiative to investigate and increase urban canopy cover in the Perth region to cool the city.
Based on the ideas of 500 young people in Western Australia, the project has been selected by StartSomeGood and Future Super as one of the six best climate change initiatives Australia wide in 2018.
Catrina-Luz Aniere, CEO and co-founder of the organisation, says the project was developed in response to a rising anxiety in children about their futures:
“We don’t tell anyone in Millennium Kids what we think the challenges are. They tell us. They put climate change at the top of their concerns along with deforestation and loss of habitat …these kids have got a lot more to lose than we have.”
The Green Lab Project will piece together the fragmented picture of Perth’s urban vegetation and biodiversity, encouraging collaboration and communication between local governments, businesses, and citizens for a more sustainable future and a cooler city.
To fund Green Lab Millennium Kids has been running a month-long fundraising campaign through StartSomeGood with a target of $10 000. The campaign was launched on the 4th of November with a screening of ‘Salt of the Earth’ at the Grand Cygnet Cinema in Como, and Kids ran their first Green Lab in South Perth on 25th November planting sedges for wildlife at Lake Douglas in South Perth.

Join the movement

For more information about Green Lab workshop contact us under info@millenniumkids.com.au
News Article Author: Noni
Noni visited the Millennium Kids AGM after hearing the children’s Green Lab poem at the Trillion Tress Launch earlier in October. Noni was inspired to contact the organisation and find out more about them. Noni is a student of journalism and is keen to help the Millennium Kids get their stories in the media. Noni is now a Youth Board member.

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Dear Millennium Kids!
Indonesia has been slapped by the photograph of the whale and the report that it died because of the amount of plastic found in its belly.
It said there were:

  • 115 plastic cups
  • 25 plastic bags
  • 4 plastic bottles
  • 4 thongs and
  • 1000 pieces of plastic.

It is time for change. I pledge I will help make the change.
My heart is broken.
I will start with my residence, which is full of plastic. I will work with my family to change our consumption patterns and I will move quickly to guide the community.
The image of the whale will not be forgotten.
For the full story follow this link.
Guest Author: Anisa
Anisa and her husband Yani are members of We Save Yayasan, a not for profit environmental youth organization, based in Sumbawa, Indonesia, that works in partnership with Millennium Kids through the Resource NOT Rubbish initiative. The collaboration aims to raise awareness of waste issues, waste reduction and repurposing of plastic. The project goal is to build a waste recycling and processing facility in Dompu Regency in Sumbawa.
The young people in Sumbawa have practical solutions that will support the thousands of trash collectors who make a paultry living from their daily waste collections. The profit Yayasan We SAVE makes from waste collection will help the poor get the medical attention they desperately need, fund environmental education programs, on ground environmental work and English classes.

Taking Coolgardie Kids on Country is an important role for Elders and sisters Betty and Maxine Dimer.

“The kids need to get out of town and know their country,“ said Betty, a local Councilor from the Shire of Coolgardie.

Betty and Maxine worked with Millennium Kids facilitators to secure funding from ASX-listed mining and exploration company Independence Group NL (IGO) for the 2019 program. They will take the kids camping at Fraser Range, on the edge of the Great Western Woodland, the largest intact temperate Mediterranean woodland left in the world.
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