GenZero

GenZero. Youth of Today, Saviours of Tomorrow.

Passionate changemakers who will inspire and encourage other young people to step up and take-action, GenZero are young leaders providing insights, ideas, youth networks and resources that will help chart the future course of Zero Positive.

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A vision of inspiration.

The GenZero vision is to create a movement of young people who will fight for climate action and education.

Passionate changemakers, the Zero Positive Youth Advisory Board — GenZero — is run and led by a group of dedicated, inspiring young people who are standing up to take action in their schools and communities, through Zero Positive, on issues of sustainability and climate change.

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Events and initiatives organised by the Board include beach clean-ups, tree planting, conferences, video content to inspire other young people, and more. The GenZero team know that there are many young people who want to start making a difference, but don't have the role models, support or connections to be part of creating positive change, or to start their own projects.

A mission to turn climate anxiety into action.

Younger people are, understandably, worried about the future of their planet. Without the power or support they need to get things done, many simply worry about what will happen as the world's leaders simply add hot air to the debate about carbon emissions.

GenZero is on a mission: to equip young people with the knowledge and support they need to tackle the climate crisis in a positive and actionable way.

They aim to inspire the next generation of climate leaders, empowering exceptional people and building community, as they support the Zero Positive mission of reaching net-zero emissions in our school system through community-level climate solutions.

They also advise Zero Positive and Student Councils on how to better engage young people around climate education and, through GenZero Ambassadors, raise awareness of the Zero Positive for Schools program as they build support for GenZero at associated events.

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The GenZero Board.

Ariana Doolan

Youth Program Coordinator

Passionate about young people and education, Ariana is an environmentalist, educator, entrepreneur and actress. From her experience working in schools, and her degree in business and environmental science, she believes that knowledge and education give us the power to change the world. Her involvement in the film and tv industry has also convinced her that the media can influence people's behaviours and motivate them to collaborate and advocate for positive change: "If we can reach young people through the media, we can encourage them to make a positive change for the environment".

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Connor Keogh

Connor is only 16 and has already gained a wealth of knowledge in policy and politics. During his time as a youth member for Glasshouse in 2020, Connor realised just how influential young people can be in decision-making processes. He believes if we advocate for positive change, we will get there — but we need all the help we can get. Connor has recently found his passion for the environment and can't wait to lead the next generation of environmental advocates.

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Isabella Lewis

Invested in all thing's media, Isabella has a passionate flair for building the bridges between environmental science and the arts. Isabella has recently graduated from QUT majoring in journalism and production, and spends her time filming her wildlife adventures, and advocating for change. "We tend to undermine the power of educating younger generations on climate change- but we are beginning to see the results of doing so. If we continue this trajectory the future looks positive".

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Jackson Earngey

A young entrepreneur, Jackson is the founder of 'The Eco Fight' organisation, funding and advocating for ocean clean-up on a global scale, while educating the community on how they can get involved. Currently, Jackson is also the co-founder of Flow Co. a social enterprise inspiring women to make a difference on our planet by being eco-friendly and purchasing sustainable hygiene products. Jackson has an enormous following on social media and uses his platform to promote positivity, education, and inspiring information.

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Holly Summers

Holly Summers is a trainee environmental consultant and is most passionate about marine conservation. She has a considerable amount of experience working in this field and is currently a marine education officer and board member for Humpbacks and High-Rises. Aware of the impact climate change is having on our ocean and sea life, she believes that creating young environmental advocates is essential for a prospering planet. Holly has worked alongside other young advocates during her time in the youth parliament and hopes to see many more environmentalists emerge.

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Adam Holloway

Adam is passionate about urban ecology and sustainable cities. His experience as an electrician, with a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning, has shown him the importance of circular economies in making resources available for future generations. Adam's belief stems from the Aldo Leopold quote "when we see land as a community and not a commodity, we will begin to use it with love and respect". Adam is of the strong opinion that "to change mindsets we have to educate our youth on how to better look after our planet".

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Rachael Leeson

Rachael is a student planner for the Moreton Bay Council and has learned a lot about development and planning. Inspired by the work being done to solve climate change, during her time on the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, she has also been incredibly anxious, at times, when thinking about the future. Rachael is extremely passionate about turning eco-anxiety into action by engaging young people in projects that contribute to positive change. She has high hopes of making a difference through her work on the Zero Positive Youth Advisory Board, GenZero.

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