Gen Z for the Trees is on a mission to achieve global zero deforestation by 2030 by building a community of youth leading the movement for rainforest protection through policy, research, and advocacy.
Z4T’s Project Teams (palm oil, soya, beef, and timber) specialize in researching key drivers of deforestation and targeting downstream supply chain actors. Z4T also produces educational content to create a digital breakthrough among Generation Z, fostering a global awareness and action for the protection of rainforests.
Gen Z for the Trees (Z4T), Rainforest Partnership’s global movement to educate, inspire, and empower young climate and rainforest advocates, seeks volunteers for the 2022-2023 school year.
Palm oil is everywhere. From your lip gloss, to your soap, to food products like chocolate or ice cream, palm oil is an inevitable part of your life, even if you had not heard of it until now. And, unsurprisingly, this ubiquitous product is backed by a similarly elusive industry.
Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gen Z for the Trees launched on World Rainforest Day 2020 as a beacon of hope and transformation. Our mission to achieve global net zero deforestation by 2030 is supported by our three pillars: Educate, Inspire, Change.
It’s easiest to believe in change by starting with ourselves. We hosted a Seven Day Challenge on social media to promote education about Indigenous peoples, water usage, beef, palm oil, and the doughnut economic model.
Transparency is a prerequisite for accountability. In the course of researching corporate actors in the palm oil industry, we located published mill lists from major companies, cleaned the spreadsheets and mapped them in ArcMap, identified a total of three hundred mills without a Universal Mill List ID number, and contacted Global Forest Watch to share these data and findings.
Alongside the leaders of Thriving Corals, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, and World Rainforest Day, we spoke on a panel to discuss youth leadership, collaboration, and impact in conservation.
Gen Z for the Trees partnered with a North Carolina high school to provide background research on local grocery retailers and their parent companies, as well as facilitate a three-hour service event for letter-writing to the stores to recommend the adoption of improved sustainability policies.
With other Rainforest Partnership representatives, two of our Gen Z members attended COP26 in Glasgow. This allowed us to get into contact with fellow activists, as well as large corporations and politicians.
We shared educational content on urban green spaces, native species, and reforestation and Forest Landscape Restoration.
Our members attended the City of Austin, Texas council for Mayor Steve Adler proclaiming World Rainforest Day in Austin. We helped lead channels and managed socials during the World Rainforest Day Global Summit.