Thanks a trillion to the Rotary Club of Perth City East for helping our Lore Law crew out with recycled phones. Our young team in Coolgardie haven’t had face to face contact with Millennium Kids since the outbreak of COVID. Thanks to Instagram MK has been in contact with Jasmin, one of our leadership members in Coolgardie  who worked out a plan to keep in contact with the local Kids using mobile phones and social media. Thanks a million to Dr Lee Partridge who stepped up and involved her Rotary crew in collecting old phones for our Kids. With a donation of 12 phones we will be physically distanced but socially connected with our Coolgardie crew during this time of COVID.

A great big THANK YOU to Mei, Sophie and the SummerXSalt Markets team who organised a yoga fun raiser to help out not for profits. Millennium Kids was the recipient of a $500 donation that will help us raise awareness through our Waste Free Movement program.

During November – February our MK Waste Free Movement team helped out the markets on Saturday mornings by educating the public about waste and managing the waste area, identifying which waste went where.

If you haven’t ever been to the Summer X Salt Markets check out their calendar next Summer. Sustainability fun in the sun.

Hi! My name is Alexandra, I am 18 years old and I have a passion for the sustainability of our planet, specifically food waste. The mission of my project “The Planet Project” is to save valuable organic ‘waste’ from going to landfill.

My project started many years ago, but I officially named it this year. During this time I came to realise the amount of food that ends up in landfill, including the coffee grounds that I and others can use on their gardens, a high valuable nitrogen source. I wondered why this was so?

I started occasionally collecting coffee grounds from cafes to use in my worm farm, the worms loved them, plus it was free! I later got a job at a café and realised just how much is going to landfill, I figured that someone will do something about this, but a few years past and no-one did. This year I started a commercial cookery course at TAFE and I couldn’t believe my eyes with the amount of organics that get thrown away by just one class in one lesson. I couldn’t let it pass so I do what any mad gardener/environmentalist would do, I brought my composting bucket in, and took them home. My worm farms filled up quickly, so I used the money I made from selling worm castings (as organic garden fertiliser) and the compost worms to buy some more. At that point I realised I was creating the solution that I thought someone else would solve. Currently I am continually improving my system to take more ‘waste’ and convert them through worm farming effectively to a soil improver.
This is just the start of my project, I hope to one day be able to take all the organics from my community and return these valuable nutrients back to the soil.

I have purchased more worm farms I now have 9.

Guday, my name is Charles

My big question is:

How can we, as a community, restore our local bushland to the biodiverse wonderland it was?

I run a Friends Of Swan View Heritage Trail and we care for a large stretch of bush behind my house. We remove weeds by hand, so as not to disturb and damage our indispensable flora and fauna with synthetic chemicals. We then replant the area with a bounty of local native plants. I have taken groups on tours through my reveg to show them what we’re doing. I report on my findings and activities to MK every month. Cathy levett is my mentor, and without her I would have drowned in paperwork and official organisational business by now.

Let me know what you are doing to care for nature near your back door. We’d love to hear from you. Please email info@millenniumkids.com.au with your photo and story.

Green Lab is a Millennium Kids Citizen Science program, funded by the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program and supported by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Trillion Trees.

I have just returned from my awesome holiday in the Galapagos Islands and I want you to know that all MK bird lovers were in my thoughts as I was introduced to new bird species every day. I thought that you might be interested in a snapshot of what I saw and one or two photos.

On our first day we went to a little island just off Isla San Cristobal where Frigatebirds are nesting. The males put on an amazing display of puffing up their bright red throat. There were plenty of chicks to be seen. Blue-footed Boobies also inhabit the island and we were treated to a display of the mating ritual as our guide commentated. Brown pelicans were also added to my list as we returned to San Cristobal.  From then on I saw new birds everyday including cormorants, shearwaters, storm petrels, penguins, ducks, flamingos and more. I bought a little book to help me remember them all and because I know you will want me to be more specific with the ID.

Please tell me about your latest bird sightings. Visit a local wetland or park and see if you can ID some local birds. We’d love to share your findings on the MK website to inspire others to get out an about and learn about our beautiful birds.

Cathy Levett

MK Mentor

Hi MK Friends

I thought you would all like to know that we are doing well in the land of MK. Our kids are adapting to their on line world, holding meetings and decision making sessions with our tool of choice, Webex Meetings. Thanks to a new collaboration with Curtin University we are excited to be looking at putting some of our programs on line, with kids pitching ideas and getting mentor support to take their project from ideas to action. At this time we are all about physical distancing, not social isolation and relationships have always been at the heart of Millennium Kids so our mentor program will still feature in this new online process.

We didn’t jump right in, but we took time to reflect on what theses changes mean for young people and our programs. Our on line sessions will remain youth focussed, with our lead team of young people curating their own content, leading and presenting workshops on line – to inspire others to change the world.

Check out our new Low Carbon Labs which we will run weekly with small groups of young people. And watch this space as we will be launching a new online version of Green Lab soon.

CEO Cat

Last Friday, Millennium Kids hosted the City of Canning Changing Your World Youth Conference. We facilitated 75 young people from 8 schools and community groups sharing their ideas for a better future.

We started the morning with a beautiful welcome to country from Freda Ogilvie before we launched into brainstorming the things that young people like in their community, the things that they don’t like and the things that they want to change, linking them to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Throughout the day, the ideas for community change were developed into actionable projects in between exciting breakout sessions. One such session was an inspiring story about using snake handling to create social change, another was a series of workshops including activating space by building cubbies, birdwatching and creating an artwork to share our ideas about tress. During the day a wonderful local indigenous artist, Seantelle Walsh, listened to the young people and  transformed the visions of their future into a beautiful mural.

At the close of the day, kids pitched their ideas for change to the room, and a group from Bannister Creek Primary School, with plans to put solar panels on bus stops, was awarded a $500 grant.

The MK Youth Board members then took the mural and presented it at the adult conference to the CEO of City of Canning and spoke about the key community issues identified at the youth conference.

We cannot wait to see the kids ideas implemented.

Thanks to the City of Canning for the opportunity to listen to the kids.

By Rachel

Hi my name is Steph! I am a current University of Western Australia  student studying my Masters in Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology. In high school, I began educating myself on the current state of our planet, and the mountain of issues that face it and its diverse collection of incredible inhabitants. As a result, I have dedicated countless hours of my personal time volunteering with local beach clean-ups, planting native trees, attending climate strikes, and helping conserve our native flora and fauna in any way that I can. This summer specifically, I spent a week on a remote island, disconnected from running water and electricity, in order to monitor Flat-back turtle populations in response to a changing climate!

My passion for the planet has guided my study choices at university. During my undergraduate degree, I pursued a double major in Chemistry and Conservation Biology. The two appear at surface, separate, however; Chemistry provided the fundamental understanding of the unique array of chemicals and compounds that encompass our planet and consequently the intricate relationships they influence. With the pursuit of my Masters I hope to learn about, and contribute to; creating sustainable, practical and affordable technological solutions for our present day environmental issues.

I am so excited to do my McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship with Millennium Kids to further explore the different avenues of creating a sustainable future. I am especially excited to work with an organisation that highlights and prioritises the views and ideas of the younger generation, as we are inevitably the ones that will be facing all the future effects!

 

 

Saturday 22 February 2020

At the South Perth Sounds Concert on the South Perth foreshore we played an educational rubbish game where people put their rubbish in one of the two bins which were comingled recycling and general waste. If you put your rubbish in the right bin you would get a reward which was a piece of chocolate.

The game went well because the public enjoyed it and the waste went in the right bin. There were MK people at most of the bins in groups of two or three. There were food vans, a water refill station for people to refill their bottles and an awesome puppet numbat which was moved by volunteers from the crowd.

We did an audit on the food vans which had mostly bio -packaging but there were no composting bins on the foreshore, so all the packaging had to go into the bin.

And Eskimo Joe was great,too.

There were lots of people having a picnic and having a good time while loving the music.

Thanks to the City of South Perth for helping us get our message out.

By Phoenix Tedesco Scarfone Millennium Kids Board Member 2020

 

 

The CSBP Coastal Connections Challenge (CCCC) steering committee consists of local youth leaders who work in partnership with CSBP, Perth NRM, Millennium Kids, City of Kwinana and the City of Rockingham to design a two day youth led forum for up to 100 young people to get together to Conserve, Grow and Inspire. They have been working on this project since October 2019 and have recently regrouped for weekly planning and action delivery in the lead up to the event in late March 2020.

On the 30 January the CCCC steering committee undertook a tour of various locations and hands on activities in order to better understand the issues facing Rockingham/Kwinana coastal areas, marine life and marine life. The first stop was to CSBP situated in the heavy industrial area of Kwinana where youth leaders met with a scientist and an environmental officer to understand the nature of chemicals handled and manufactured at this plant and how they treat the waste water that is used in the manufacturing process. The team discussed the issues of feral cats and foxes predating local wildlife and how they could work with the community to solve this problem.

Following this the tour continued to Wells Park, Kwinana Beach where the youth leaders conducted an activity with the Perth NRM to audit waste, followed by some lunch and a planning session at the Cockburn Wetland Environmental Centre.

The tour was rounded out with a visit to Native ARC, a native animal and wildlife rehabilitation facility where youth leaders learnt about the impacts of industry, humans and other animals on native wildlife.

The CSPB Coastal Connections Challenge is will be held in Rockingham over two days: Friday 27 & Saturday 28 March 2020.

If you’re aged between 10 and 24 and consider yourself a bit of an eco-warrior or simply curious and think you’re up for the Coastal Connections Challenge, please head to the website to find our more information and to register your team: https://www.perthnrm.com/support/coastal-connection-challenge

For further information, contact Project Leader: Kath Broderick, e: kathleen.broderick@perthnrm.com or m: 0499 104 377.

Thanks for the article and photos AP.