Home Planet Program
We’re working with recently arrived migrant and refugee youth
The five month long program empowers participants to make their everyday lives more environmentally friendly and equips them with skills to engage others around sustainability.
The first six weeks are devoted to interactive training around the topics of sustainability, energy, water and waste. After this, participants are supported to deliver their own community sustainability projects.
Each semester the program also offers participants the chance to connect with our environment via field trips and weekend long camp. Participants who complete the project component of the program earn a Certificate I in Active Volunteering, a stepping stone for further study or a career.
For many participants, the Home Planet program is transformational:
"At first we used to use a lot of things without thinking. We knew it was bad, but we didn't feel it. Now we feel it." – Yonas, Footscray 2012
For others, the field trip and the camp are their first time since they arrived in Australia outside suburban Melbourne
As well as deepening their understanding of the environmental issues participants learn about in the interactive training, project work allows participants to redefine their relationship to their new country – as one of giving back and teaching others.
The program also has a significant direct impact on our environment:
“When I arrived in Australia, I took a long shower - maybe 20 or 15 minutes every day. Now I shower for 4 minutes." – Abdulkadir, Footscray 2012
"At first I left the power on all the time. Now I turn it off when I go to bed" – Alex, Footscray 2012
Through their projects, participants in the Semester 1 2012 Home Planet program passed on the environmental message to over 300 people.
Home Planet is made possible with support and funding from the Department of Human Services, Engage! Program; Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation; Australian Ethical Investment; Brimbank City Council’s St Albans Connect; and City West Water
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