Millennium Kids

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Millennium Kids International Logo

Millennium Kids is an international youth empowerment environmental organization based in Western Australia, with affiliates in Canada, South Africa and other countries.[1]

History[edit]

Millennium Kids was founded by four twelve-year-olds in 1996.[2]

A small group of Western Australian students attended the United Nations ‘Leave It To Us’ environmental conference for children in the UK. On returning, they were disappointed with the level of youth involvement in local environment issues and decided to developing their own environmental conference, “Kids Helping Kids", with support from Perth Zoo, Department of Environment, Clean Up Australia, CALM and the City of South Perth. Following this, they founded Millennium Kids.[3]

In 2000, they presented a series of "environmental challenges" to Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes, who tabled them at Parliament.[4]

In 2012, the Western Australia HQ was based in the Old Fremantle Prison.[1] The group works with schools to arrange environmental and sustainability education, connecting pupils and teachers with local community groups.[5] In 2014, the group organised projects to clean up the Swan River.[6]

Organisation[edit]

The organisation has affiliates in Canada and South Africa, with collaborative organisation links in Indonesia, China[1] and Malaysia.

Millennium Kids Australia is a registered charity with tax deductible status. Millennium Kids is run by children aged 10–25 years. Educators, mentors and sponsors support them. The chair in 2014 was Rachael Cochrain.[7] Young people aged 18–25 become leaders and trainers.[citation needed]

Millennium Kids is directed by a Youth Board, with fifteen members aged between 10 and 25 years, and is supported by the United Nations Environment Program Agenda 21, Chapter 25 Declaration which states "national governments should pay more attention to the opinions and concerns of children regarding the environment’ and how it should be managed for future generations".

Canada[edit]

In Canada, as a not-for-profit organization, the organization facilitates many environmental activities across Ontario (from Ottawa, Toronto, to Kitchener-Waterloo). A youth board is present in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, as well as a chapter starting up in 2006 through the school system in Toronto, Ontario. The youth board decides on what initiatives will be taken upon for the year. Such activities as the Car Free Festival are planned as initiatives in cooperation with other environmental/youth empowerment organizations that reside in the respective area of the initiative.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Blanch, Desley (February 20, 2012). "Young Innovators - Millennium Kids". Radio Australia. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Morrell, Niki (April 2008). "Millennium Kids: saving the planet". ABC Western Australia blog. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dianne, Bates (2009). Aussie Kid Heroes. ReadHowYouWant.com. p. 110. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Millennium Kids issue environment challenges". Government of Western Australia. March 12, 2000. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Salter, Zarin; Venville, Grady and Longnecker, Nancy. An Australian Story: School Sustainability Education in the Lucky Country. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2011: 149-159. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=239074949637850;res=IELHSS ISSN 0814-0626. Access date 17 May 16.
  6. ^ Robertson, Katie (July 7, 2014). "Community spirit: Millenium Kids highlight issues in the Swan River". PerthNow. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ Wahlquist, Calla; Offer, Kaitlyn (May 22, 2014). "International students, adults injured in horror bus crash in Perth Hills". Perthnow. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 

External links[edit]