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Home Planet Program

We’re working with recently arrived migrant and refugee youth

Emerging out of our successful Multicultural Leaders in Sustainability program, Home Planet partners with AMES to work with newly arrived migrant and refugee youth across Melbourne.

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


June 2013: It's our Home Planet multicultural Environment Expo!

What came before Home Planet? Multicultural Leaders in Sustainability (MLS)!

Check out our new sustainability translations - in languages from Amharic to Zomi!

Find out what all the buzz is about, below.



World Environment Day: Phoenix Youth Centre hosts green expo

12 June 2013
Maribyrnong Weekly
WORLD Environment Day was marked last Wednesday with a series of hands-on activities and displays in Footscray.

Multiculturalism a winner at environment expo

5 June 2013
For World Environment Day on 5 June newly arrived young people from all corners of the world came together with their local councils and communities to stage the Home Planet...

Pupils taste the diversity

4 June 2013
Brimbank Leader
A MELTING pot of culinary delights from contrasting cultures was whipped up in St Albans by AMES students.

Water use soars after heatwave

14 March 2013
Jason Dowling, The Age

The water use records keep tumbling this year, with Melbourne recording another record in the past week.

With temperatures well into the...


Second time around, but first in fashion

11 July 2012
Benjamin Millar, Maribyrnong Weekly

RECYCLING is the new black, judging by a fun-filled fashion show at AMES Footscray on Friday.

The show was put together by the AMES youth class as part of a...


Green light for the environment

12 June, 2012
Anthony Loncarcic, Brimbank Weekly 

Newly arrived migrants in Brimbank are taking part in a program designed to educate them about the environment and sustainability.

About 25 students at AMES...


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Green Grog: a guide to sustainable alcohol

posted by Tom on Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 13:57

When Europeans arrived at Port Jackson on 26 Jan 1788 their first act was a rum-fuelled orgy. Over 200 years on, Australia Day is still the day when our young and free are most likely to be involved in harmful alcohol-related incidents!1

So it’s often a time when we...


Cash for Cans, of course we can

posted by charlie.davie on Friday, 20 December, 2013 - 12:23

Coca Cola and their allies are working hard to block a cash for containers scheme for Australia that has huge support in the community. 

Cash for containers, or the container deposit scheme (CDS), describes systems in which people pay a deposit for packaging when they buy a product...


Fighting for breath in a flood of plastic

posted by charlie.davie on Thursday, 7 November, 2013 - 16:47

According to our friends at Earth Day Network, over 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year for bags, bottles and nearly every other consumer commodity you can conceive.  

Do you...


Hit the Garage Sale Trail!

posted by charlie.davie on Friday, 18 October, 2013 - 11:02

Get active in the One Planet Economy this month by visiting or running a Garage Sale. October is the best month to do it because Saturday 26 October is Garage Sale Trail day.

One powerful action we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet is simply to spend less...


Show you give a fork with a sustainable seafood dinner party!

posted by Tom on Friday, 27 September, 2013 - 15:18

Let’s face it, no matter how passionate we are about sustainability, it’s tough being that person at the dinner party who asks if the chicken is free-range or politely declines the factory-farmed pork chop.

So how good would it be to have a dinner party where everyone was...


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