During our visit we presented our concept for the Children’s Gallery. The goal was to create an exhibition that empowers the youth to take care of their local environment – specifically Sarawak’s waterways. We conceived an imaginative journey in which kids are accompanied by three River Guardians. Some of Sarawak’s rivers are heavily polluted; we encountered some fetid rubbish-clogged examples during our stay. To understand people’s relationship to the local environment and how familiar they are with sustainable green practices, we visited schools, nature reserves and businesses. What we learned was that although sustainability is present on paper – through posters and signage, for instance – it is not strongly embedded in everyday behaviour, despite some of the state’s traditional practices being inherently eco-friendly. This information granted both a challenge and an opportunity in developing a meaningful kids experience. It should move beyond signs and posters to prompt real empathy for the issue, as well as inspiration for solutions and empowerment for self-driven change.