PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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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.

 

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

When the Kids said our website was out of date and we needed to change with the times, the team at MK needed to listen!

When the Kids wanted to have a launch, but they didn’t want it to be boring and full of long speeches, the team at MK needed to listen!

Thursday 4th April 2019, was a wonderful opportunity to showcase exactly what MK is about. With a room full of decision makers the Kids showcased MK via their new website, thanks to a grant from Lotterywest and lots of hard work over the past 2 years.

With six rooms at The Platform, in the heart of Perth city, dedicated to the Kids speed pitching, guests were able to get an overview of some signature MK projects – Kids on Country, Waste Free Movement at Festivals and Events, Waste Free Movement – Edulis, Lore Law and One Thousand Actions for the Planet. Members had the opportunity to share their passion for the environment and outline their projects.

Ann Wylie, MK Chairperson and MK Alumni,  said the new website was unashamedly ambitious – a website to promote the Kids ideas and projects and inspire others, with a dedicated member portal to connect and mentor Kids across the state, supporting their project development through on line tools.

Special Guests including Minister for Environment, Stephen Dawson, Mayor Sue Doherty, City of South Perth, Cameron Tero, Chairperson Wyemando Bequest, Joanne McDonald, IGO, and many others had an opportunity to hear directly from the Kids they support through their founding and our Lotterywest guests were able to see how their dollars would create impact.

And it wasn’t boring at all – how could it be boring with a 20 minute session with Nigerian dancer, Ziko, to get the blood flowing and put smiles on the faces of guests.

 

So much thanks to EVERYONE who made this happen.

After as MK says:

Have fun, eat chocolate, care for the environment!

If you want to get into the MK action and have an idea to change the world email info@millenniumkdis.com.au

We’d love to hear from you.

WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleconsumptionandproduction

It was so great to see you again today at the UWA Envirofest with your Waste Free Movement stall. I am so impressed and thrilled that Millennium Kids is still alive!
Like I mentioned today, I was a Millennium Kid through the Penrhos school program when I was in year 5 (so 10 years old). That program and the other sustainability activities we did in that class taught me how important it is to look after the Earth and inspired me from an early age to be more sustainably minded! I now love spreading the word about healthy, eco-friendly living through my work at Urban Revolution Australia and am studying mechanical engineering at Curtin University with the dream of working in the renewable energy industry. I am also living a very low-waste lifestyle (the dream is to be completely zero waste!) and eat completely plant-based.
I love my eco-friendly lifestyle and am really passionate about it. I really do believe that those programs and activities as a kid inspired this love for the Earth in me so THANK YOU for keeping Millennium Kids going and inspiring even more kids!
Happy to chat any time.
Kind regards,
Dana

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

ANIMALS

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Nathan sent us his story:

Nathan did some research on Oblong turtles after a Green Lab workshop with Millennium Kids.

“Oblong turtles live in Perth and throughout the south-west of Western Australia. They are also known as western long necked turtles or snake necked turtles. They are different from most turtles as their shell is not round. Oblong turtles are dark brown to black, with a paler under shell. These carnivores feed on anything small enough to seize and swallow, such as fish, tadpole, crustaceans, insects and carrion. They hunt by ambush, using the long neck to strike in a snakelike manner while gaping the mouth to suck in prey.”

See reference below.

A lot of them live in Perth at Lake Douglas. Oblong turtles like to lay their eggs in sandy patches along the lake. One problem is there are No sandy patches at Lake Douglas!

Without sandy patches for breeding this endangered species cannot survive. There are a few sandy patches but not enough to support an entire population of these amazing creatures. We can help this by making more sandy patches. But for that we will need a lot of sand. This may cost a lot, but we can try getting it for free at a place such as Soils aint Soils, which is a big soil company. Then our school team and Millennium Kids could use the sand and make some sandy patches.

Maybe if we could do that then oblong turtles are saved!

Check out more Oblong turtle facts here Backyard Buddies

Nathan, Year 4

Editor’s Note: Nathan is taking part in a Green Lab workshop series at his school. He wrote to Millennium Kids to see if he could get help for his project idea. Millennium Kids will explore this issue with Nathan and we will see what we can do to help the local Oblong turtle population.

WATER

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifebelowwater

Can we please put clean water in Lake Tonduit because, if we don’t the fertilizer will make the algae grow and then that causes algal blooms. Algal blooms are a threat to fish and humans. The reason this is a threat to humans is because a person might catch a fish in Lake Tonduit or the river that is poisoned by the algal blooms and then he might eat it and then he’ll get poisoned too.

But worst of all Millennium Kids figured out that Lake Tonduit leads to Lake Douglas and Lake Douglas leads to the Swan River so when Lake Tonduit gets contaminated, all the other lakes get contaminated as well and we won’t get to swim, row or eat the fish in the area, and we will have to wake up to horrible black and mucky water on a beautiful day.

Blake, Year 4

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

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

#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

PLANTS

#1000actionsfortheplanet #lifeonland 

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.

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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.

Green-Lab-is-on-a-Roll

WASTE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #responsibleproductionandconsumption #partnershipsforthegoals

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.