We are super excited to announce that our Green Lab program has been selected as a winner of theUpLink – Economic Forum
#GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge along with 13 other youth initiatives from around the world!
Our youth led Green Lab program aims to protect, monitor and increase canopy across the Greater Perth metropolitan area. Check out our story along with the other winners here.
Thanks to major partners: 1t.org Salesforce

to restoring nature!

 

India Aniere, Millennium Kids member and facilitator, met up with Elizabeth PO and Adrian Glamorgan from Understory this week to talk about our work to engage with young people about climate change through a deliberative democracy process. India and a team of young people have been working alongside Prof Janette Hartz-Karp to learn about the citizen assembly and deliberative democracy process in 2020 – 2021. The team of Millennium Kids have engaged with young people in:

  • Mundaring
  • Karratha
  • Bunbury

to learn about climate change and plan a positive pathway to change.  India speaks hear with the team from Understory to share the story of the process. The team will present their findings at the Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc National Conference in Mandurah and hope to run a Citizen Assembly process across WA in 2022.

PS: You will also hear from ecologist dad Steve McCabe, and his eleven year old son, talk about ways to engage young people and nature.

Check out the interview here. 

The United Nations Food Systems Summit was an excellent opportunity to share the Millennium Kids Citizens Assembly journey where we were able to report on the outcomes of our deliberative discussion process with young people across WA.

The purpose of the food summit was to generate ideas and solutions surrounding the food security issues challenging WA. Attendees came from an extensive range of backgrounds. There were university professors, tech-startups and councillors. My group was tasked to discuss ideas for how to improve the utilisation of food. The group was very impressed with the work Millennium Kids was doing and collectively agreed that having discussions with community members about their thoughts and ideas would be the most appropriate solution. The results from the discussions are being presented at a United Nations Conference. It is great to see people being inspired by the deliberative discussion process because it allows all members of the community, especially young people, to have a say in discussions which have historically happened behind closed doors without consultation.

 

Written by Bella P

Thirty nine students registered for the two day 1000 Actions for the Planet Lab at Bob Hawke College in Term 3 with the aim of identifying local issues and developing a changemaking project  to create a solution.

  • Biophylic roof tops to cool the planet
  • Solar energy
  • Light pollution education

and

  • Converting food waste to energy

were just some of the ideas pitched to Prof Lyn Beazley and Tim Keely from Curtin University during the pitch session on the second day.

Students will work on their projects over the next few months and showcase their ideas in  an expo in Term 4.

The Citizens’ Assembly youth-led steering committee has now run three regional deliberations in Mundaring, Karratha and Bunbury. These deliberations aim to facilitate conversations with the young people around “how can we, in Western Australia, collectively tackle climate change while supporting our places to thrive? What does this mean for the way we live and our environment?”

It has been fantastic to have Professor Janette Hartz Karp advising our committee and we were excited to have Dr Naomi Godden as an expert advisor at our Bunbury Deliberation. Our next Youth Climate Deliberation will be in City of Mandurah on 29th September 2021.

As part of these  deliberations the participants  will  create action plans for how they are going to implement their proposed solutions and present their plans to decision makers.

For more information email bellap@millenniumkids.com.au

 

Etiko is a Fairtrade fashion company intent on creating social change for the people who make their clothing, while also demonstrating the possibilities of ethical fashion. The brand ensures their products are ethically produced, from the way the cotton is grown to the final product you see in-store. The cotton used for their products is organic and Fairtrade certified, their fabric scraps are recycled to produce paper, and all their workers are paid a living wage instead of a government-sanctioned minimum wage. It is fair to say that Etiko is an industry leader when it comes to ethical fashion.

On Monday the 14th of June, we had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of Etiko, Nick Savaidis. He told us that when he was young, ethical fashion was virtually non-existent. He talked about how his mum used to work very hard, for a very small amount of money, and the company she worked for would make a large profit from paying their workers so little. This drove him to learn more about fast-fashion, and from that eagerness, Etiko was born.

When asked about the next steps fashion brands need to take to create a more sustainable future, Mr Savaidis said clothing brands need to start taking responsibility for their products at the end of its lifecycle. “I think any manufacturer should consider what happens to their product when it is no longer needed,” Mr Savaidis explained. “At Etiko, we have implemented a take-back program for our rubber thongs and sneakers where we reward customers for returning their old shoes and we then send those shoes to a local company that recycles the rubber.” Etiko will soon implement a similar recycling program for their clothing range, with the exception of underwear.

We then asked Mr. Savaidis how his company offsets their carbon emissions. He said that brands should be minimising their co2 emissions firstly, then offsetting the emissions which can’t be avoided. To minimise emissions he said clothing brands should avoid using plastic packaging and prioritise the use of natural textiles like cotton and hemp over polyester and other synthetics. To offset their emissions, Etiko partners with a Timor Leste social enterprise called Carbon Social.

We talked about why school uniforms should be made from natural textiles instead of polyester.

“In recent years, many schools have transitioned to polyester school shirts. But when polyester is washed, it sheds microfibres which are tiny pieces of plastic that enter our waterways,” explained Mr Savaidis. “Microfibres are the largest source of human-made debris found on our shorelines, and it’s a form of pollution that easily enters our food chain via fish and drinking water. Considering about 3.65 million Australian children wear and wash multiple synthetic uniforms every week, this is an area with substantial environmental impact.”

Talking to Nick was very interesting and the whole team who was there for the interview found it very rewarding and learnt a lot about the ethical fashion industry. Etiko is a truly incredible fashion brand, and is very serious about its intentions in being ethical and sustainable. If you want to learn more, or are interested in buying from them you can check their website out here.

 

Article and Interview by Bronte Wolfe

On 1st and 3rd September MK, in partnership with City of Bayswater, the City of Kalamunda and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, delivered Green Lab Professional Learning days for teachers, principals and gardeners from 13 schools in two local government areas.

Each day participants boarded a bus to travel through the LGA to gain perspective of the canopy and existing bushland and other significant green spaces. They met volunteers and workers who shared their roles in conserving these significant places.

In the City of Bayswater we were joined by Mayor Dan Bull who acknowledged that the learning day supported teachers in developing their own educational greening initiatives in schools.

“Schools have an opportunity to make a real difference to maintaining and increasing urban tree canopy as a number of significant trees are located on school grounds,” he said.

“The aim of the learning day is to equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to replicate activities and implement sustainability projects in their own school which will help address the impacts of climate change at a local level.”

“By embedding greening projects into the curriculum, schools can help the City address the metropolitan-wide decline in tree canopy and help combat the heat island effect.” City  of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull.

In the City of Kalamunda, at Lesmurdie Falls, participants walked through the landscape as Neville Collard gave us an Indigenous perspective on how they moved through the landscape from the hills to the ocean.  In the afternoons schools developed plans to initiate their Green Lab school projects. Four schools have already submitted plans and contacted MK to discuss their next steps.

Yay for trees!

Photo courtesy City of Bayswater

 

 

We were super excited to have had the Commonwealth Bank team drop by with a CommBank Grant of $500.00 for our Green Lab teams last week. One of their staff members heard about the work of Millennium Kids and decided we were worthy recipients for their monthly grant. ( A million thanks to that lovely staff member!)

On 4th June 2021 the CommBank team met teachers and students from Curtin PS, Kensington PS and Applecross PS at the Manning Community Centre who were there for a day of citizen science activities.

The program was supported by Jos from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Marnie from Eco Gecko – Environment and Design, Heather, Cathy, Patrick, Niamh and Hannah from Millennium Kids  and Bella from Noodle, with students learning new skills to help protect, monitor and increase canopy through care of their local bush patch. Over the day teachers and students worked together to create a plan for their school bushland which Millennium Kids will support through capacity building workshops and incursions over the next 12 months through a grant from State Natural Resource Management.

On World Environment Day 5th June  2021 students and teachers visited Goss Ave Bushland with City of South Perth staff to plant local species for the Banksia Woodland site. The site is adjacent to bushland at Curtin PS and the students are super keen to help the community understand how important the area is for local species. It was a special day as a number of red tailed cockatoos flew over us all as we planted.

Wesley College Junior School and Manning PS also  took part in workshops at their school sites earlier in the year. If you want to know about how to get involved in Green Lab in your local area email cathy@millenniumkids.com.au

Green Lab, a Millennium Kids Citizen Science program, is funded by the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program and Federal Governments Communities Environment Program in the City of South Perth.

Millennium Kids works in collaboration with Sustainable Schools WA to support schools sustainability goals.

 

Green Lab, our citizen science and action program designed by young people to protect, monitor and increase tree canopy within the Greater Perth area will be coming to Vic Park during the school holidays on the 8th and 9th of July. The Town of Victoria Park has awarded Millennium Kids a grant to hold a free two day hub for kids that live in the Town to develop urban greening ideas to benefit the whole community. The Town’s Urban Forest Grants enable community members, groups and organisations to deliver their own project to contribute to the greening of the Town. This is an exciting opportunity to create a lasting legacy that will influence the Town for generations to come and we are very excited to have youth voice creating solutions and continuing to deliver projects in the Town.

Up to 40 kids will develop solutions through project based learning and MK’s skills for life process to benefit their local community.The 2 day event will provide kids with a range of hands on skills with site visits to Jirdarup Bushland, Rutland Food Tree Project and Forster Avenue Reserve. They will develop their own project with the support of MK mentors and be provided context around urban forest issues and opportunities. At the close of the event kids will pitch their ideas to local stakeholders, with one idea being granted seed funding to progress their concept.

For more information contact heather1@millenniumkids.com.au

 

Hello everyone! My name is Bronte and I will be the Guest Editor for the next newsletter. My pronouns are she/her and I am a Millennium Kids member. My action for 1000 Actions for the Planet is to create a newspaper that highlights small businesses in the community making change for the better. As well as highlighting small businesses, it also spotlights people in the community performing sustainable actions. This would give hope to people reading, highlighting that people are making a change. Also, I hope my newspaper will give these businesses more publicity so they can grow. It would also, in theory, make more people buy sustainable products and that would decrease prices of sustainable things. To achieve this goal, I was given a wonderful opportunity to be Guest Editor of this newsletter for the next 6 months to get experience in this sector. I hope you all enjoy the next newsletter!    – Bronte