CLIMATE CHANGE

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Introducing Taylah, our newest MK member!

Our MK friend, Joy, saw Taylah’s illustration on Facebook and thought MK would be the prefect place to give her a shout out.
What inspired you to draw your illustration?
The thing that inspired me to create the illustration was that people enjoy all of their items, their easily packaged food and cosmetics, and their electricity. They do know somewhat what goes into the creation of these things, but prefer to turn a blind eye. Pollution is an ongoing issue that will continue to get worse if you don’t choose to see it.
What is your favourite place in the natural world?
I absolutely love the few untouched forests of the world. I like to visit the stumps of old growth trees that were cut down and imagine what it was like in its former glory. The pristine beauty of forests is amazing. The wildlife, and the crisp thick trees work together to make a beautiful landscape.
If you were Ruler of the World what would  be the first three new environmental laws that you would bring in?
Rule 1:
If I was the ruler of the world my first rule would be to find a renewable and sustainable energy source. Air pollution has a big impact, and I believe if we stop using fossil fuels such as coal, and turn to something more sustainable such as solar, wind, methane gas energy the world would be a better place.
Rule 2:
My second rule would be to ban micro plastic, and single use plastics. Single use plastics use fossils fuels extracted from the earth, that take millions of years to form, to produce something that will be used once, then is thrown away. It will then continue to torment the environment for another couple of hundred years. It just seems pointless. Micro plastics, such as some “biodegradable” plastics, break down into tiny microscopic pieces of plastic, which gets into our own waterways, and sea life ingest it, and we end up ingesting it ourselves.
Rule 3:
My last but not least rule would be to ban, not immediately, cars that run on fossil fuels. Gases are being released into the atmosphere all hours of the day, and it is contributing to global warming. Global warming is an issue that needs addressing. The polar ice caps are melting, the polar bears will have nowhere to go, and once the ice is melted, where will it go? Lots of land will be covered, and with the population growing this is not beneficial.

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

 

WASTE

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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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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

 WASTE

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Hi my name is Toby.

I like going to the beach.

I like to clean up.

I like the stickers on the bins at the beach in Busselton.

I went home and made a sticker for our bin.

Please put your waste in the right bin.

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PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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Two schools and a visit to a native animal rehabilitation centre! Well we expected to be volunteering at the One Thousand Actions for the Planet workshops but we didn’t expect the visit to the native animal centre. We spent a cool day with Cat, CEO of MK, learning about the One Thousand Actions for the Planet workshops at Rossmoyne Primary School and John Tonkin College. Kids had a lot to say about their world and how they could help make change. The aim of the program is to get kids thinking about local, regional and global issues and then make a plan to create a change making program. These projects will be registered on the new MK website and link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In between school visits we had a picnic by Bibra Lake, waste free of course, and we dropped by the native animal rehabilitation centre because kids care about our wildlife. It was so cool meeting the dingoes and seeing how MK works.

If you want to volunteer with Millennium Kids email info@millenniumkids.com.au – there is always something interesting going on.

CLIMATE CHANGE

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Over the last five nights Millennium Kids have stepped up and spoken about their concern for climate change at Kwongkan Sand – a performance by Ochre Contemporary Dance Company at the Fremantle Art Centre.

Cloe spoke last night. She met with Phil, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company to discuss her role before the show.

This was Cloe’s  first ever public speaking event.

She felt it was important to have a say.

Kaya wanju wanju

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands, the Noongar people, where Perth now stands, pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging

I would like to begin with an aboriginal proverb : We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.

This quote shows how wise Aboriginal people’s approach to life was and how much reverence they had and still have for the earth.

This ancestral wisdom that all Aboriginal populations had, allowed them to thrive for millennial.

But as our current civilization is growing, this sort wisdom is slowly being forgotten.

Many of us think that progress and scientific consensus are the only things we need in order to live prosperous lives.

But in less than a 100 years, our current post-industrial civilization has had more impact on the earth and the climate than the 200 thousands years before then.

It is an acknowledgment of the fact that the threat of climate change is assuming critical proportions.

Each and everyday, new events related to the uncontrollable effects of climate change and habitat destruction are taking place all over the world.

Now we find ourselves barreling down the highway towards mass extinction, increasingly erratic weather patterns and extreme temperature fluctuations.

In the news last week we learned, that the last for 4 years have been the hottest in record.

Climate change is not a matter of perspective or political standpoint.

It has been acknowledged as the biggest threat to the survival of our planet and human kind. This is why it should concern every single one of us.

But especially young people.

And as a young person, I am concerned.

I am scared to live in a world where the variety of plastic in the ocean will be as diverse as the remaining species of coral in the great barrier reef.

Where the landscapes of my childhood will become the new expansion plan of a coal mine.

Where my future as a human being will be compromised by the mistakes of the generations before me.

To all the adults here, did you have to worry about those issues when you were my age ? Is it fair for me and all the children in the world, to bear the mistakes of our predecessors or suffer the consequences of bad political idleness?

Its effects will not result in the loss of some points on the stock market or some votes in a political campaign but in the downfall of our humanity.

But it does not have to be that way:

We all have been told that the problem of climate change is too big to handle and that we are too small to do anything. But what I have a learned in my short life, is that we are never too small to make a difference.

Our everyday choices, to the food we consume to the clothes we wear, can make such a big impact on nature, the climate and people’s lives.

In the past few years, an environmental revolution has started to take place in all over the world.

People driven off by the envy of changing this future into something so positive and so powerful are leading this environmental revolution.

In Sri Lanka: Seacology, a nonprofit environmental conservation organization, is helping Sri Lanka become the first nation in history to preserve and replant all of its mangrove forests.

In Australia:Monash University,Australia’s largest university, has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2030 for all of its Australian campuses.

But you don’t have to be a genius or to come up with the schemes an amazing machine to change the world.

Most of all, we need to reshape our way of thinking.

We have to be capable of transcending our indifference and apathy for our planet and our climate.

Every great revolution starts from within.

Just broadening our horizons and opening our minds to new possibilities in terms of positive change and green innovations can make such a big impact on us and those around us.

And as we know our thoughts become our words and words become our actions.

And it is our common actions that are going to dictate who we are and who we will be as a single Humanity.

So let our actions to be filled with respect and ancestral prescience for the Earth and the climate as it will shape our future and the future of generations to come.

After all:

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love

Kaya, I am Cloe, I am 16 and I am a millenium kid. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASTE

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Hey MK Crew

Maybe you can help?
Today I am outraged! I bottled peaches this morning and now have these stickers gracing the fruit boxes, floor and kitchen sink. 11 peaches = 11 stickers for these two jars of preserved peaches. To add insult to injury these came directly from an orchard as seconds and some didn’t have stickers. I am bitterly disappointed – why do we need to label each piece of fruit? I am so over eating an apple and finding a portion of a label in my mouth. Surely the grower details on the fruit boxes at point of sale is adequate Quality Assurance and traceability?

Maybe we should label individual carrots,potatoes and onions with grower number and variety?????? But wait we could go nuts, pardon the pun, and label all walnuts, Brazil nuts and whatever nuts are on sale!

Can MK save our planet from fruit stickers? What solutions do you have for this wicked problem?

Anna B – MK Alumni

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WASTE

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Hi I am Issy and I have always been a person who loves nature and animals and I always want to help them. We went to Bali for a holiday and I know for a fact their beaches and streets are full of rubbish. Immediately I wanted to do something about it so I asked my Aunty Emma if we could do a beach clean up. We searched on line for a charity called Trash Heroes, they clean up the beach every week on Monday. When we went to help out we and found a huge amount of rubbish. My heart instantly sank and I thought we would never be able to clean up the area. There were only about 20 people there but we did an absolutely amazing job.

I also try to help the BAWA Bali which helps Bali dogs. They have lots of dogs they help feed and home.

I also join Clean Up Australia Day every year. We try to get as many people as possible to help out at our local beach. I absolutely love all animals and will do anything I can to help them. If you see something that isn’t right, then make sure you help out in some way.

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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.