When did you get involved with Millennium Kids?
I got involved in the middle of 2019.
What are your activities and what do they involve?
I am volunteering with Millennium Kids in a research and analysis role. My tasks mostly involve quantitative analysis. At the moment, I am primarily focused on setting the organisation’s budgets and helping mentor a group of high school students in laying the foundation for their idea of creating edible cutlery.
What attracted you to the cause?
There still exists a strong apathy towards environmental concerns in significant parts of our communities. This is concerning not only for the future of the habitability of the Earth – insofar as humansurvival is concerned – but presents grave socio-economic and political concerns. Millennium Kids has the ability to address this failure of our educational system in a way that most environmental organisations could not. Its experience with working with and alongside youths places it in a unique position to craft messages that would be more receptive to younger audiences, while being more emotionally appealing to adults.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
Millennium Kids’ most important work lies in exposing youths to the myriad considerations that have to be taken into account in order to advance their projects. Through its programs, the idealistic concepts conceived by youths could be tempered with realistic considerations that are necessary to ensure success. In encouraging children to think about the “how” rather than the “what” from an early age, and in introducing them to the corporate and/or political world, Millennium Kids provide a considerable amount of assistance in setting these children up for success in future projects.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?
It is my hope that Millennium Kids would eventually shift to helping children better address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns. Whether it be through projects with long-term (though not necessarily large-scale) goals in mind, or to help children adjust their addresses to politicians from a more rational, less emotional angle (to me, the former is more impactful than the latter at passing legislation). Accordingly, it would not be unwelcome to see children understand not only the other side of the argument, but also the difficulties in realizing certain goals – for instance, the obstacles to a complete shift to renewables or to see world peace. Should such understanding exist, long-term change could be better made.
What’s your top tip for living a more sustainable life?
Education and innovation. Environmental sustainability is about more than saving water and planting trees. Bandages to stem crises are, by definition, unsustainable, even if the obvious math in regards to its environmental impact were ignored. On the other hand, objectively learning about environmental issues and then disseminating that information helps promote greater awareness and apply pressure to cut down on negative externalities.
Do you have a message to share?
Never run with scissors.