Millennium Kids worked with University of Western Australia Medical Faculty, Medical Scholarly Activity, to survey young people and find out what they think through a survey Young People of Australia; Perceptions, Climate and Concerns
- 70% of the participants didn’t think people took their opinions on climate change seriously.
- 60% of the respondents do not think that the Australian government adequately acknowledges climate change as a serious problem, and do not believe the government is committed to tackling this issue.
- 89% of the overall responses agreed that they are worried about the effects of climate change.
In 2020 Emiterus Prof Janette Hartz- Karp introduced the MK team to the concept of deliberative democracy and our Youth Board voted unanimously to run the World First Youth Led Citizens Assembly on Climate Change.
What are we doing about it?
In 2021 Youth ‘mini publics’ will be held across Western Australia to discuss the key climate change challenges in their area.
Young people across Western Australia will also be able to submit online their most important climate change challenges.
About the Assembly
In September 2021, our World First Kids’ Citizens Assembly, run by kids for kids, will be tasked with resolving the climate change challenges kids have prioritised.
- 100 randomly selected high schoolers will deliberate over 4 days to develop recommendations.
- These will form the basis of an Action Plan, to be submitted to decision-makers.
There will be youth follow-up to ensure these recommendations result in action.
Find out more here.
Kids said: “At the end of the day, I don’t want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protection.“