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.
Rosie is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she quintuple-majored in Plan II Honors, economics, government, international relations and global studies, and Asian languages and cultures - Chinese. She joined Rainforest Partnership following her experience studying abroad in Costa Rica, and was immediately introduced to the idea of launching a global youth engagement program. Rosie’s interests lie at the intersection of China as a major importer of forest risk commodities, international trade policy, and their ultimate goals of protecting rainforests, Indigenous communities, agricultural workers, and biodiversity. She also represents Z4T on the Forest Declaration Platform Advisory Committee.
Jamie is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle and received her bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined Gen Z for the Trees shortly after its founding in order to increase focus on forests in the global conversation about climate change. Through her experiences in ecosystem management, political administration, and GIS/data management, she hopes to elevate the youth perspective on the world agenda in order to protect the globe’s most precious resources.
Hana is a senior in high school in Austin, Texas. She joined Gen Z for the Trees because she wanted to get involved in educating and empowering youth about deforestation. Hana was introduced to climate activism through Austin Climate Coalition, where she organized a letter writing workshop to help youth write to legislators. Through Z4T, she helped design and maintain the website, as well as create initiatives such as the call to action program, getting youth involved and active in environmental policy. Hana hopes to major in environmental studies with a concentration in youth advocacy, and eventually become an environmental scientist.
Eduardo is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He joined Gen Z for the Trees because he wanted to become more involved in protecting endangered ecosystems across the globe, not just at home. Eduardo has worked to lower the impacts of climate change and has been involved in various projects focused on land management, ranging from engaging in ecological restoration of prairies to conducting research on plant invasions and plant extinction vulnerability.
Carolyn is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in geography and sustainability studies. She joined Gen Z for the Trees because of her passion for natural conservation and sustainability efforts. Carolyn developed a particular interest in forests when visiting Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State on a family vacation. She is especially excited to be a part of a youth-led nonprofit, which can use both research and GIS to hold companies accountable and spread awareness of deforestation through enhanced traceability and transparency efforts.
Lily is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in geography and sustainability. Lily joined Gen Z for the Trees because of her interest in natural resource protection. In Z4T, she has spearheaded the team’s research on global restaurants’ sourcing policies for forest risk commodities.
Meilin is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at Duke University, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. She joined Gen Z for the Trees because of her passion for transparency and responsible sourcing within supply chains. She is excited to be part of a group of young people using their passion for the environment to enact lasting change in the world. Meilin fell in love with trees after seeing a redwood for the first time during a family summer vacation.
Joshua is a senior in high school in Santa Clara, California. He joined Gen Z for the Trees to become more involved in environmental activism, specifically issues relating to deforestation and unsustainable agriculture and cattle farming practices. Within Z4T, he has worked on infographics detailing nutrient pollution associated with cattle farming practices. He has also worked on an educational presentation about the ecological impacts of cattle farming.
Gen Z for the Trees has a mission to achieve global net zero deforestation by June 22, 2030, by building a digital community of youth who work together to tackle the causes of deforestation from all angles. Learn more about how we plan to get there, and how you can help.
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.