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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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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.

 

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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.

PLANTS

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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

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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

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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.

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

#1000actionsfortheplanet #partnershipsforthegoals

Every year Millennium Kids brings our friends together to share ideas, learn new ‘skills for life’ and set the agenda for the following year. 2017 was no different. We celebrated our 21st birthday with teams from Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie and Malaysia joining our members in Perth for a three day UNconference. Kids got together with scientists, poets, elders and mentors to report on their projects and pitch ideas for new ones.

Sites visits focused on wetland and river care, waste management and how to care for our precious bushland. Our friend and citizen science mentor Gill, came from Tasmania to share her science knowledge. It was great for her to meet up with the Kids on Country crew in the City of Cockburn to chat about bird monitoring and bushcare and hear how Ngadju kids were caring for the Great Western Woodland.

Kids visited the Roe 8 site and made plans to a long-term tree care project.

They asked:

Why isn’t Bush Forever, forever?

Why aren’t we projecting precious areas of bushland?

The kids met with Environmental Defender’s office staff to talk about protecting precious areas of bush and discussed the difference between policy and legislation.

Kids reported to the local Mayor and stakeholders at the end of the program. Lisa O’Malley, the Member for Bicton, was there to receive the kid’s ideas and present the findings to Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee.

Oh, and we had a big bush tucker chocolate cake made by our buddy, Marissa Verma, from Bindi Bindi Dreaming.

Have fun, eat chocolate and care for the environment!

Thanks to the City of Cockburn for the Community Sustainability Grant and ERM Foundation for funding the opportunity for the team from Kids on Country to join the program.

ANIMALS

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MK members are interested in (or love) turtles and tortoises and are curious about the ones that they see in Perth. Often they want to know more about them. We have two native freshwater turtles. The Western Long Necked Turtle and the Western Swamp Tortoise.

Long Necks are common but Western Swamp Tortoises are endangered. MK member and mentor Cathy Levett is a member of the ‘Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise’, a group that is dedicated to educating the community about our local turtles. She wrote a book which educates children about the critically endangered Western Swamp Tortoise.

Westy the Western Swamp Tortoise was launched by the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment and Jessica Shaw MLA, Member for Swan Hills on 7 March 2018 at Ellenbrook Library. (if Jess is in the photo too). The photos in the book show Westy’s life from hatching at Perth Zoo to living in the swamp and children to understand why he is endangered.

Cathy has been working with (or has been a member of) MK for over 20 years and she loves helping kids connect with and learn about nature. She says “I love listening to young people talk about their concerns for the natural environment and their ideas for solutions. Working with MK gives me the opportunity to support and encourage them to turn their ideas into action.”

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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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

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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October 2018 it was wonderful to host our friends from Ejau, Malaysia at our MK22 UNconference for three days in Perth, Western Australia. Sharifah, a retired teacher and facilitator at Ejau joined us with two student participants. The UNconference participants spent three days focusing on WASTE, WATER AND PLANTS.
On day three of the UNconference the participants met the Mayor of South Perth, Sue Doherty, at the South Perth foreshore and talked about Council efforts to increase and protect canopy.
Participants checked out Milyu Nature Reserve and heard of the beginnings of the Green Teams Programs. The team also visited our Green Lab collaborators, Trillion Trees, and did a site visit to their nursery in Hazelmere to find out about seed collection and propagation.
“Kids are keen to solve deforestation problems, they are worried about loss of tree canopy in cities so a visit to Trillion Trees was inspiring. It was wonderful to meet the Millennium Kids and All Saints team, to share ideas and develop plans for future collaborations,” said Sharifah.
Millennium Kids holds an annual three-day UNconference to share ideas about environmental challenges and develop change making projects.
For more information about the MK23 UNconference email info@milleniumkids.com.au for an information pack.

PEACE AND LIFESTYLE

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It was great to catch up with so many MK friends at the last meeting in December 2018. Alumni came from far and wide to enjoy a picnic at King Park and many brought their children with them. It was great for everyone to get together to share their MK experiences and inspire the next generation of Millennium Kids.
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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.

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