Millennium Kids

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Since 1996, Millennium Kids has enabled thousands of young people to have their say about the environment, leading to hundreds of inspiring youth-led initiatives that have contributed significantly to the environment and communities in WA and beyond.

As part of Millennium Kids commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals we have been working with hundreds of young people in local communities to develop One Thousand Actions for the Planet, a youth driven sustainability initiative.

Millennium Kids Inc encourages young people, regardless of race, religion or social capital to explore, identify and address environmental and sustainability issues in the local, regional and global communities.

Millennium Kids empowers young people to take action on the issues they care about exploring ways to solve problems through:

Education
Education for behaviour change
Advocacy
Innovation and design
Community action

and

Rules and Regulations!

We explore the different roles and responsibilities of change makers.
The Advocate
The Change Agent
The Reformer
The Citizen
At Millennium Kids, we work with young people to transform their ideas into practical action projects that can be implemented in their own communities.

We work with community groups, individual kids or schools.

Millennium Kids and the Department of Education (through the Sustainable Schools Initiative WA (AuSSI-WA) work closely to provide ongoing support to schools to implement the Australian Curriculum, specifically the cross curriculum priority of sustainability.

Millennium Kids has developed a range of tools and training programs using a ‘Skills for Life” process with students engaged in identifying sustainability opportunities and challenges, mapping them in a framework which can be used as an important component of the Sustainable School Initiative framework.

Millennium Kids programs are co designed with young people and can be used by schools to address all three cross curriculum priorities as well as general capabilities and specific learning areas.

A full list of Alliance members, with links to their respective resources, can be found on the Sustainable Schools website.

Type of group

Incorporated Association

Primary environmental focus

Sustainability

Geographic sphere or activity

National

Primary location

Australia

Known address

PO Box 3234
Broadway Nedlands
Western Australia 6009

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Founding Year

1996

History of group

In 1995 the United Nations Environment Program launched ‘Leave It To Us’, the first children and youth environment conference in the world. Hundreds of young people from around the world met in Eastbourne, UK for 5 days of speeches, workshops and an opportunity to have a say about their environment.

Four delegates from Western Australia were invited to represent their schools and communities.

James and Sophia represented the Milyu Project at South Perth Primary School – a whole school initiative to care for the Milyu Nature Reserve on the Swan River Foreshore in South Perth.

Alicia represented her school student environment club at Bullsbrook District High School run and managed by children.

Sarah came from John Septimus Roe, keen to have a say about local bushland and other environmental issues.

Together these four young people had an opportunity to hear from young people around the world, hear about groundbreaking environmental initiatives and commit to some form of action when they returned to Western Australia.

The delegates at the ‘Leave it to Us’ presented their Leave It to Us Challenges 1995to the people of the World.

The Western Australian team returned to Perth and Kids Helping Kids was the result – an environmental conference run by kids for kids.

1996 – Kids Helping Kids Western Australian Children’s Environmental Conference

After 12 months of planning, Alicia, James, Sarah, Sophia and their friend Jeremy launched their own environmental conference in Perth, Western Australia, supported by parents, teachers and community stakeholders.

The conference, held at Perth Zoo, was opened by the Premier Richard Court MLA, with 180 children from around Australia and Malaysia. The conference was supported and sponsored by Kareelya Property Group, City of South Perth, Clean Up Australia, Water and River Commission, South Perth Primary and Perth Zoo.



The conference delegates presented the Youth Challenges on the Environment 1996 to stakeholders including Keeper of the Challenges Ian Kiernan and Millennium Kids Patron Philip Pendal.

The UNEP program reported on the successes of the youth led conference Mini International Conference 1996 in their global magazine.

“ Kids Helping Kids is a conference unique in its vision and unusual in its scope. For far too long we have denied ourselves the opportunity of listening to our children, of heeding to their pleas for a better world, for a healthy environment, their questionings and their answers”.

Ms Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program



“ I am honoured to have been asked to be “ Keeper of the Challenges”. I will ensure the issues and concerns raised by the children at the Conference are delivered to the Prime Minister, John Howard, but I promise to study the Challenges myself and listen to the fears, concerns and hopes of children about the state of the environment and work with them to achieve these goals.”

Ian Kiernan
AO Chairman Clean Up Australia



“The conference is the culmination of a huge effort from five student conveners Alicia, James, Sophia, Sarah and Jeremy and Project Coordinator Catrina –Luz Aniere who have spent countless hours designing, organising and preparing for the coming days.”

Stephen Breen
Principal South Perth Primary


1997 – Kids Ask Minister to Table Environmental Challenges

In 1997 over 100 young people from across Western Australia spent two days at the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference discussing their concerns about the environment, undertaking workshops and planning their future environmental projects. The students spent one day at Perth Zoo and then headed to Rottnest Island for an overnight stay to take part in range of activities looking at managing waste, revegetation, tree planting and caring for native animals. The students met with the Rottnest Island CEO and other stakeholders to present their ideas on how to care for the island in the future.

After the conference the KHK team compiled kids concerns about the environment and prepared the 1997 Youth Challenges on the Environment to present to the Minister for Environment.

Kids being kids they decided to dress up in air pollution masks, flippers and beach wear to signify their concerns for a planet with rising sea levels and held their press conference at the Canning Vale rubbish tip.

1998 – TravelSmart to School

In 1998 the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference participants set out their Challenges for the Environment and presented them to Government. The Department for Planning and Infrastructure was keen to support their challenge: Young people should walk, ride, carpool and catch a bus to school to reduce air pollution.

In 1999 the Millennium Kids team worked with a year 5 class at Kardinya Primary School with teachers Mrs Swan and Mrs Robinson to develop the TravelSmart to School Program.

In 2002 the team worked with Alphabeticus to develop ‘The Horses Who Saved the World’, a fun interactive performance that inspired young people to reduce their travel footprint.

In 2003 Millennium Kids and the TravelSmart to School Program was recognised by the Government of Western Australia as a leader in education for sustainability in the ‘Hope for the future – The Western Australian Sustainability Strategy’.

Highlights of 1998

Sharing Ideas with Kids from Malaysia

A team of five youth representatives from Kids Helping Kids headed to Malaysia to the JEGOM Environmental Conference. The conference focussed on water and as one child at the conference said ” at the conference I learnt to love water like I love my grandmother”.

1999 – Millennium Kids is Born
Group of around 70 people

After running the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Children’s Conference for three years the Kids decided it was time to incorporate. Millennium Kids Inc was registered as a not for profit environmental youth organisation in Western Australia in October 1999.
Millennium Kids Vision

Millennium Kids have a vision for our world.
Our world, where all people have access to fresh water.
Our world, where there is a safe place for all creatures big and small.
Our world, where we care for the land and forests, the sea, rivers and wetlands.
Our world, where we have clean air and less waste.
Our world, where all schools learn about sustainability.
Our world, where everyone works together for peace.

We have a simple vision…let’s start today (because earth is the only planet with chocolate!)

Thanks always to Maureen McDaniell, McDaniell Associates, friend, mentor and Co founder, for supporting the development of Millennium Kids. Without her support Millennium Kids would never have happened.

2000 – On the Global Stage

In 2000 Millennium Kids Youth Board members were invited to do the opening presentation at the second United Nations Environment Program “Leave it To Us” Conference in Eastbourne, UK. Watched by hundreds of young people the team, Gary, Tom, Luke, Tom and Lili talked about their passion for caring for the environment and the youth-led programs they helped develop – planting hundreds of trees on Gary’s parents farm in Brookton, helping the Department of Planning and Infrastructure develop the TravelSmart to School program and working with Alcoa Frogwatch and the WA Museum to promote the Frogwatch program in schools.

At the conference, the team met hundreds of young people from around the world who wanted to take action and care for the planet. Millennium Kids met friends from Tunas Hijau Indonesia, JEGOM in Malaysia and a team from North West Province in South Africa and developed friendships that last till this day.

Gary’s tree planting initiative Millennium Kids Go Tree Planting ,on his parents farm in Brookton was featured in Wasshoi- Wasshoi! – An Ecological Information magazine for Children in the Area of Asia – Pacific Countries to inspire others to develop their own change making projects.

2001 – The Children’s Voice

In 2001 hundreds of children from across Australia took part in the Millennium Kids Postcard Campaign. Millennium Kids wanted to know what kids were concerned about and wanted to know how they could help empower young people to be active in their community.

Suzanne Johnson helped us out by completing a Masters – Futures Studies Research to ascertain the ideas of today’s young people relating to the environment, with a view to determine likely roles of young people who wish to have a voice in influencing the environment of the future. The research The Children’s Voice :Their Concerns and Search for a Role in Influencing the Environment of the Future noted nine major themes:

Waste
Forest and forestry practices and native flora
Native Animals
Use on non renewable resources and energy sources
Pollution
Oceans
Environmental commitment
Global warming
Salinity

Kids wanted to:

Have a physical role in environmental improvement projects
Generate increased awareness amongst youth
Express the voice of young people in the wider area
Youth representation on bodies of influence
Have an influential role in environmental education

This research has influenced the ‘skills for life’ youth voice and engagement methodology that MK employs with young people to this day.

Thank you Suzanne Johnson, you rock our MK world.

Highlights of 2001:

Frog Ponds Made Easy

In 2000 Millennium Kids identified Native Animals as a key area of concern. In keeping with their commitment to turn young people’s concern into environmental projects a group of Millennium Kids and their supporters developed Frog Ponds Made Easy in partnership with Alcoa of Australia, Perth Zoo and the Western Australian Musem and Greening Australia,WA.

Inaugural Millennium Kids Film Festival

Millennium Kids ran a film festival at the Cygnet Cinema on the last day of their three day Millennium Kids Environmental Conference with young people having an opportunity to showcase their projects through short films. Ryan from Ryan’s Well Foundation, Canada, joined the conference and was guest speaker at the event.

2002 – Tunas Hijau Cultural Exchange

Tunas Hijau, Surabaya, Indonesia, a green youth group, led by Mochamed Zamroni, started to visit Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference annually. Friendships began with kids sharing ideas about environmental challenges and students from South Perth Primary School created a Friendship Banner to show that together we can change the world. Tunas Hijau and Millennium Kids have shared ideas and collaborated on projects ever since.

Highlights of 2002:

Meeting Dr David Suzuki

Nic Lanyon, MK Council Member, facilitated a special opportunity for MK Conference participants to hear Dr David Suzuki speak at the 6th Global Conference and Expo – Maturity Matters. After the speech the MK delegates had a special one hour meeting to discuss their projects and talk about their ideas for a healthy planet.

After the three day conference the children presented their Youth Environmental Challenges 2002 to government.

International Networking Conference for Environmental Education – Japan

MK Program Director,Catrina Luz Aniere, was invited to Nishinomiya, Japan, to sit on an international panel to form a network to support environmental children’s education programs.

Frog Pond at Perth Zoo

Millennium Kids and South Perth Primary School students built a frog pond at Perth Zoo for National Frog Week activities.

Frog Ponds Made Easy

Millennium Kids development of the Frog Ponds made Easy brochure that was distributed to schools and community members through the Perth Zoo Visitors Centre.


2003 – MKGP South Africa

In 2000 our team attended the UNEP Leave it to Us Conference in the UK and met a number of young people from North West Province, South Africa, keen to look after their environment.

MKGP South Africa was born with the MK team visiting the young people in Mafikeng, South Africa, sharing ideas and introducing them to the youth voice process – asking kids what they like about their community, what they don’t like about their community and what they want to change? In many communities water is a major issue. Some schools have limited access to water, poor resources and waste management issues. Through a collaboration with kids in Western Australia and North West Province children shared ideas for river clean ups, food gardens and access to clean water.

MKGP ran a number of very successful projects – Clean Up Your River, Clean Up Your Act on the banks of the Molopo River and a food garden and water research project at Ntshidi School.

Special thanks to Kate Laurendi, MK Project Officer for working with Matilda Bay Restaurant to raise funds for the projects. Thanks to Slow Food Perth, the Lombardo family, Tonia Ranford, St Hilda’s Junior School, Leonie Moncrieff, Lathlain Primary School and an anonymous donor for supporting the projects at Molopo River and Ntshidi School.

Highlights of 2003

Tunas Hijau Planning Meeting

Worked with Tunas Hijau to develop Surabaya Dreaming, a plan to revegetate areas along the river as children’s gardens.

Clean Up Australia Curriculum

Millennium Kids assisted in the development of the National Schools curriculum for Clean up Australia.

MK Youth Board Grows Up

MK Youth Board developed a leadership framework for 18 – 24 year olds.

ABC Dimensions Documentary

Millennium Kids meets Dr David Suzuki.

TravelSmart to School showcased at International Conference

MK showcases the youth led TravelSmart to school program with programs in Perth and regional Western Australia working with over 70 schools.

Big Bio Buzz

500 students attend workshops at Piney Lakes with workshops facilitated byMK, WWF, Aloca Frog Watch and Greening Australia.

2004 – Kids Recognised for their Leadership

In 2004 Millennium Kids won the Alcoa Global EHS Achievement Award for their youth led commitment to environmental education and active citizenship.

Youth Board Members Megan Hudson, Lauren Chapman, Isabella Taylor, Mary Sippe and Erika Maylam were at the awards night to celebrate their achievements along with other recipients.

In October 2004 hundreds of young people once again converged at Fairbridge WA to attend the Millennium Kids Youth Environmental Conference. Young people held meetings, discussed their successes and failures, heard scientists and made their list of Youth Challenges on the Environment 2004 but this time they listed their action projects to share their updates with stakeholders on key partnerships they helped deliver.

2005 – Rapt in Reptiles

Kids were concerned about loss of habitat in the Perth metropolitan area. Working with Perth Zoo, Millennium Kids invited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Queens Park to join them for a day at the zoo to learn about reptile friendly gardens. The students met Perth Zoo, Education Officer, Brad Kruger, and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some reptiles to find out about their habitat needs. Using the MK methodology students helped co create a ten step brochure to making a reptile friendly garden in their school or garden.

Highlights of the Year

Birthday Breakfast – 10 Years!

In September 2005 Millennium kids celebrated their 10th birthday at the Broadwater Pagoda Hotel. The breakfast was attended by KHK cofounders James, Sophia, James and Alicia. The MK Youth Board presented a review of programs they had delivered over the previous 10 years.

Catchment, Corridors and Coasts

MK Youth Board member, Erika Maylam, received a UN Association sponsorship to attend the 5 day Catchment, Corridors and Coasts Conference.

2007 – WA Youth Award Winner Citizenship – Group

With the Youth Board designing and working on a range of projects it was wonderful to be recognised as WA Youth Awards 2007 Winner of Citizenship Group category.

Kids met once a month to plan and deliver a range of programs:
– Developed clean up campaigns in collaboration with Clean Up Australia Day in local areas.
– Ran TravelSmart to School programs in local and regional areas in partnership with Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
– Partnered with Challenger TAFE on a Certificate 1 Leadership Development, funded by Alcoa of Australia, taking 25 young people a year on a leadership for sustainability training program.
– Developed a Rapt in Reptiles partnership with Perth Zoo outlining the steps to make reptile friendly gardens.
– Worked with schools in City of South Perth on adopting and caring for river foreshore areas.

– Ran the Millennium Kids Youth Environmental Conference at Fairbridge WA with young people presenting their Challenges to Parliament. It was wonderful to receive a Response to the Challenges from the then Premier Alan Carpenter MLA.


2008 – The Quest

In 2008 our MK Youth Board had the opportunity to take to the road and upskill other young people wanting to make change through a new MK initiative, The Quest. Through a BHP Nickel West sponsorship our crew hit the road and worked with young people in Kalgoorlie – Kambalda, Esperance and Kwinana. Young people had to identify environmental issues in their local community and develop an Olympic style event to bring the community together and raise awareness about the issues. Using the Olympic sustainability principles as a starting point over 500 young people developed local projects for local communities.

The young people in Esperance designed their own sustainable surf event with young people highlighting the plight of the leafy sea dragon, a local endangered species. The team helped revegetate local areas, learnt event management skills and held a waste free surf event ….and they even remembered to car pool to the event on the day to reduce traffic to the surf site.

The team of young leaders came together at the end of the surf event at Bremer Bay for a youth leadership course and completed a Certificate 1 in Leadership Development.


2010 – Child’s Rights on the Agenda

In 2010 Millennium Kids was invited to join the NGO reporting process on the Rights of the Child at the UN in Geneva. Kids had been talking up their concerns about climate change and were worried the government of the day wasn’t taking their concerns seriously. Kids were keen to have a say about what they thought should be on the agenda. Kids were keen to have adults listen to their ideas for change and in the pre hearing sessions Millennium Kids was given an opportunity to present their your led programs, designed for kids by kids. MK CEO Cat and Locky Cooke, ICEA Founder, joined the delegates in Geneva to support the youth agenda.

2011 – MK Project Explore

What do you do when the kids are bored and they want to get out of town? You develop MK Project Explore of course!

Three hundred young people from Kalgoorlie – Boulder participated in the development of the program which saw schools and community groups of kids visit the Great Western Woodland alongside scientists, elders, artists and poets over a three year period. Through a partnership with BHP Billtion Nickel West students and teachers explored significant sites and mapped a range of practical projects that would help them answer their big questions:

How do the trees grow so big with such little water?

How did the indigenous people live here?

How big is the woodland?

Children created a book, MK Project Explore, and presented their findings to the Minister for Environment Bill Marmion.

2012 – Doing More With Less

Doing More With Less was inspired by young people wanting better waste management systems. Funded and supported by the Alcoa Foundation schools and community groups of kids worked together to solve problems in Mandurah, Kwinana and Geelong, sharing their waste management strategies through a blog and a book published to inspire others to make change.

The Millennium Kids Western Suburbs Sustainability Ambassadors team met with Alumni member, Alicia Curtis, at a Doing More With Less workshop series to showcase the ideas they had implemented at their school.

2013 – Kids on Country

Kids on Country was born in 2013. Elder, Betty Logan, invited the MK team to Coolgardie to meet with the local community of parents and kids. The Sunday drive took over 50 community members 70km out of town to Burra Rock Conversation Reserve and Cave Hill Nature Reserve in the Great Western Woodlands.

Kids played, fires were lit and the community talked about that they wanted for their future. Kids wanted to get out of town, learn on country beside their elders and reconnect with culture. With good food and good conversation the team mapped a series of adventures for the kids along with scientists, artists and elders.

Kids wanted to:

get out of town
learn about local plants and animals
have fun

In 2019 the program has a number of stakeholders keen to support this ‘skills for life’ program.

Highlights of 2013

MK Visits Tunas Hijau, Green Future Club of Surabaya

MK CEO, Catrina Luz Aniere and Bella Poll, MK Sustainability Ambassador, visited Tunas Hijau, Surabaya and took part in a series of environmental workshops along with hundreds of children from the city. Bella and Catrina also had the opportunity to attend the Independence Day Ceremony in the city.

Time to Explore Frog Habitats

Millennium Kids worked with Beckenham Primary School students and their teachers, Western Australian Museum staff and other stakeholders to learn about frog habitats at Kent Street Weir. The children’s work was created into a book Time to Explore Frog Habitats , a perfect addition to any classroom.

2014 – Rivers On Our Mind

In 2014 the MK Youth Board had rivers on their mind. With a partnership between City of South Perth, Town of Bayswater, Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife a series of River Forums allowed young people to visit the river, learn from scientists, elders and poets and develop practical action projects to solve some of the river challenges.

Youth Board Members met once a month after school to develop the River Forum workshops and activities and report back to stakeholders.


2015 – Speak Out for Change Report

In 2015 Millennium Kids CEO, Cat, was contracted to work with the South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project (YPP) a Collective Impact initiative, promoting collaboration between government, community services and young people to improve outcomes for children and young people in the South East Corridor of Perth, and all of Western Australia. A key foundation of the project was recognising that young people’s voices and opinions are valuable, and it is essential that young people are able to contribute and be involved in the decisions that affect them. The MK ‘youth voice’ approach was employed as a key methodology when engaging with young people.

As a result, the YPP, led by its Youth Leadership Roundtable (YLR), held the Speak Out for Change: Youth Voices on Youth Issues Summit, which aimed to encourage and enable young people to have their voices heard on key issues that affect them.

The Summit was held on the 15th of April 2015, and was the largest youth advocacy event during National Youth Week 2015 in Western Australia, engaging over 100 young people as well as over 90 key stakeholders from government, the youth sector and the community in open consultations and issue-specific workshops.
This report documents the Summit Journey – providing background into the YPP, the growth of the Youth Leadership Roundtable, the development of the Youth2Youth consultation approach and the format of the actual event.

Kids were raising a range of issues but it was very important to MK to note two key areas of sustainability noted in the Speak Out For Change Report – Climate Change and Public Transport. Speak Out for Change Report

Climate Change
CC1 Action the recommendations from existing and future climate change research
CC2 Seek to make cities more sustainable and adopt climate-friendly policies, such as economic incentives and subsidies
to “go green”
CC3 Encourage individuals and community to make environmentally friendly choices and embrace sustainability
CC4 Consider environmental issues and policy when electing government representatives, and continue to place pressure
on government and elected representatives
CC5 Develop greater awareness of sustainability and climate change issues through community and school-based
education

Public Transport
PT1 Provide more transit guards, lighting and surveillance cameras to help young people feel safe when traveling on
public transport
PT2 Ensure transit guards are approachable, respectful and understanding, including having training on engaging
effectively with young people and people of diverse cultural backgrounds
PT3 Investigate opportunities for public transport to help address social issues

2016 – The Willy Wagtail Project

With kids thinking about funding their own projects, change was in the wind. MK Member, Shay, pitched at the Vic Park Soup, a community event developed to fund local projects. Shay won the pot of coins and was able to start his own turtle bag initiative. MK then pitched in and gave him a loan to get his project up and running. Silk screening calico bags, selling the bags and spreading his plastic free message at Vic Park Markets not only raised awareness of the plastic bag issue but was a fabulous opportunity to learn new skills.
Funds raised by Shay helped women in Indonesia start their own small business through a donation to Bamboo Micro Credit

But sourcing ethical bags was the problem. How to make the bags without falling into the trap of child labour?
Bella P and Bonnie had an idea to rescue clean fabric destined for landfill.

CEO Cat needed to get skilled up so in 2015 she saw the writing on the walls and pitched the idea of a recycled bag concept to School for Social Entrepreneurs to learn about social enterprise and the skills needed to meet the needs of a changing world – how to fund your own initiatives?

Guided by co founders Thea and Ani with artwork by Bella T, The Willy Wagtail Project was born – in memory of dear Pip, a feisty ‘come follow me, let’s change the world” type of girl.

With kids sourcing clean fabrics destined for landfill, a series of workshops were held across the Perth metropolitan area. With funding support from Jack Johnson, Suez Grants and the Waste Authority kids explored ways to keep clean waste out of landfill and raise awareness about how each of us can make a difference to our waste footprint.

Highlight of 2016

Low Carbon Schools – One Thousand Actions for the Planet

With support from PROSH UWA and City of Fremantle Millennium Kids collaborated on the Low Carbon Schools program to launch One Thousand Actions for the Planet. Over 500 young people from across the Perth metropolitan area participated in the leadership training and subsequent Pitch for the Planet events held in South Perth, Kalgoorlie and Cockburn.

Inaugural Climathon – Climate-KIC Winners Perth

Our MK team of Thea, Bella, Anita, Cat and Craig, an intergeneration team, came up with a crazy innovative solution to the WA Challenge: “The experience of a low emission street lighting in Fremantle”. With Biofluorescence and interactive solar lighting sharing the footpaths our team designed a lighting experience that not only lit up the City of Fremantle, but gave tourists an experience to remember – think a cycling experience to power the lights.

Why not check out this years event at Climathon


2017 – Kids Put Climate Change on their Map

Kids have been talking about climate change for some time. In 2017 the language changed. Kids attending workshops were using words like ‘anxious’, ‘concerned’ when discussing climate change and started asking about their future in a world with weather extremes. The University of Western Australia, Medical Scholarly Activity students, helped us with a survey of 100 young people across Australia. The result was a brief report to start a serious conversation about climate change and the mental health and well being of young people. Young People of Australia and Climate Change: Perceptions and Concerns was the result. Check out what kids had to say in the report Young People and Climate Change. Our thoughts were spot on – kids clearly had climate change on their mind.

MK Members Xavier, Hoang and Huda visited the Parliament of Western Australia to meet with Member for Swan Hills, Jessica Shaw MLA, to discuss their concerns and find out about the government’s climate change agenda.

Highlights of 2017

WA Youth Awards 2017 – Organisational Achievement

At the end of the year Millennium Kids was awarded the WA Youth Awards 2017 – Organisational Achievement Award for 21 years youth voice and action.

Kids on Country – A Case Study

The Kids on Country program was selected to be profiled on the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Engaging with Aboriginal Children and Young People Toolkit. Check it out Kids on Country – A Case Study

2018 – Vale Ian Kiernan AO

The death of dear friend and mentor Ian Kiernan, Co Founder and Chairperson, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World, reminded us that one man can change the world. Ian inspired Millennium Kids to go out into the world and be the change.

We will remember Ian and will live up to his expectations – that we can make the world a better place for all!

Highlights of 2018

A New Website in the Making

Jacob and the MK Crew met with Media on Mars to start designing their new website thanks to a grant from Lotterywest. Jacob and the crew started mapping the front end of the website, meeting to film the various messages for the website and shaping the on line tools and member only portal.

2019 – Waste Free Movement Rolls Out

Kids have been talking about waste since Millennium Kids began in 1996.

In 2017 Millennium Kids launched the Waste Free Movement – a campaign to get everyone thinking about the waste they create and develop plans to minimise it. Thanks to Jack Johnson and All At Once for helping out by inviting the Kids to his concert at Kings Park. The MK Crew shared their ideas with the public, got some feedback and created a plan for change.

With a successful Suez Grant kids started putting their ideas into action. Kids visited waste facilities, landfill sites and met with innovators pondering the big questions around waste.

In 2018 the Kids received a Waste Authority Community Grant so they could take their next steps. With the Summer X Salt Markets and Australia Day event on the South Perth foreshore in their sights they took to the events to spread their messages and audit food vendors and bins. With a very large collection of take away packaging the team will now work with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship to find out exactly where that rubbish goes.

Check out the Waste Free Movement film in the MK TV section and don’t forget to let us know your ideas. Join the Movement.

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