Millennium Kids Youth Board member, Troy Wood, has a lot to say about youth voice and action. Troy is keen to develop a podcast series, The Dim Hour, to inspire young people with stories of innovation and positive change happening now to achieve a carbon neutral world by 2030.
Our young people have been running climate education programs for the past 2 years to ensure young people are educated about climate change and are included in discussions around future proofing our region, so our team are super excited to read the recently released Making Hope Practical Education and Health Standing Committee Report 2, Report of the inquiry into the response of Western Australian schools to climate change. The report was presented to WA Parliament by Mr C.J. Tallentire, MLA, June 2022.
Our team not only presented a submission to the Inquiry but Youth Board leaders, Bella P and Amelia, and our CEO, Cat, presented to the Inquiry as part of the submission process, outlining their experiences in the classroom and their recommendations for future climate education.
Please read the submission and email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 19th August Cathy from Millennium Kids Green Lab joined other presenters for National Science Week at Fremantle Primary School.
The Green Lab approach encourages teachers and students to investigate outdoor spaces as learning areas.
Classes started by looking at the school in Google Maps and comparing it with surrounding areas. They made observations including
- Most of the places in Fremantle are buildings and roads.
- There are some ovals.
- The trees are mainly along streets or in car parks
- The school has more outdoor areas than anywhere else nearby.
- The school doesn’t have much outdoor space
Outdoors each class explored an area along the Alma Street side of the school that isn’t used as playground. They discussed how the area could be used recorded their ideas about the kinds of activities they would like to do using drawing or writing or building using recyclable bits and pieces.
- Ideas included
Plant more trees and flowers
- Build a greenhouse to grow plants
- Keep the big old trees
- Make seats out of logs
- Water features, swings, play places and equipment
- Cover electricity box with a shed
- Use the existing shed to store tools and materials for art and science
- Learn more science of trees
- Maintain and improve bug life
- It could be therapeutic to just relax and read under the tree
- We’ll put up a native bee hotel
The school is keen to continue to develop ideas for creating an outdoor learning area when Green Lab returns to the school on September.
Visit the MK WEBSITE greenlab.org.au for more information.