The National Support Crew
Generation Zero is made up of a nation-wide network of young New Zealanders who are doing some truly amazing work. The National Support Crew are the people that help to support this network to achieve such incredible feats!
The crew is made up of a diverse group of passionate young volunteers who want to do their best to support Generation Zero members to mobilise our generation and to create a safe and thriving future for New Zealand. They have a wide range of skills and backgrounds, and are excited to be supporting the members of Generation Zero this year.
Please feel free to contact them for any queries or questions you may have – they are here to help!
Internal Relations Coordinator: Chelsea Robinson
Chelsea Robinson is the Internal Operations Coordinator, she looks after the personal development of the national team members and works to oil the cogs that together create the magic of Generation Zero. Chelsea grew up in Waitakere and has been Head Girl of Rutherford College, a New Zealand Youth Delegate to the United Nations Climate Negotiations and a Convenor of the Delegation in 2010. Inspired by the power of collective hope transformed into collective action, Chelsea remains involved in numerous organisations including ReGeneration,Generation Waking Up and Intersect. She doesn’t have any spare time, but in her planned leisure hours she mountain bikes in the hills, plays guitar and travels. This year Chelsea will complete her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at VUW and intends to pursue post-graduate studies overseas in in the years to come.
External Relations Coordinator: Louis Chambers
Louis’ job is to liaise and build relationships with other organisations and people outside Generation Zero, and identify opportunities
for collaboration. Louis was part of the crew that launched Generation Zero in 2011. He co-ordinated the Dunedin branch of Generation Zero in 2011, and this year is excited to take on the role of External Relations for the National Support Crew. Louis’ environmental work began in 2007 when he helped to mobilise young people to stop a 1000-house development of a pristine natural beach in Hawke’s Bay. He’s just arrived back from two months as a legal intern at the Environmental Defense Fund, doing climate change research and getting inspired by the solutions Governments are adopting around the world.
External Communications Coordinator: Lance Cash
As External Communications coordinator, Lance works with a team of volunteers looking after Generation Zero’s public face through both through online and traditional media. Lance is an exhibited fine art photographer. He is well travelled, including spending a year in 2008 in Israel/Palestine working as a Security Officer. He has been a organiser and facilitator of weekly youth groups in Wellington suburbs and including a 2010 ecology camp that have aimed to empower young teenagers. He was also Victoria University Amnesty International’s 2011 Media Officer. Currently Lance is studying a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography with the longterm intention of being a secondary school teacher.
Grassroots Support Coordinators : Lucinda Staniland and Jack Tolley
Lulu and Jack are the Grassroots Support Coordinators. Their job is to support all of our regional volunteer
crews with projects and campaigns, and to connect Generation Zero members with opportunities for training and upskilling.
Lulu became involved with Generation Zero in 2011 as Newsletter Coordinator and member of the Wellington crew. She instantly felt at home with the amazing group of people she met, and loves the how the community of Generation Zero supports her to take action around the issues she is passionate about. She grew up in Christchurch and Peel Forest and is currently completing her last year of a BA in Modern Languages and Religious Studies in Wellington. Her other loves include potlucks, camping trips, attempting to garden, yoga, and mountain biking.
Jack has been involved in Generation Zero since early July last year and co-coordinates the Grassroots Support Team with Lulu. Before moving to Wellington where he now studies, Jack grew up in Auckland for most of his school years. Supporting New Zealand’s largest city will be central to his role within Generation Zero.
Before immigrating to New Zealand, Jack travelled widely throughout Asia with his family, spending time in largely undeveloped regions of Nepal and major cities in Vietnam and Sri Lanka. These experiences underpin his sense of social and environmental justice.
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Solutions Coordinator: Paul Young
Solutions Coordinator Paul is championing the research and policy aspects of the work that Generation Zero does. He coordinates teams working on projects and inquiries about Generation Zero’s campaigns, as well as working towards the creation of a zero carbon plan for New Zealand.
Paul is driven by the desire to see New Zealand truly fronting up to the huge 21st century challenges facing our crowded planet, and he wants to help grow a society and economy that places more value on the things that are really important to us. He grew up in Dunedin, where he stayed on until finishing his MSc in physics, studying ocean wave power. As one of the founders, he is stoked to be a part of the expanding Generation Zero crew, working to provide the detail on the solutions and policy that will help us create the world we want to live in. To keep himself sane he likes making music, making his body work, and indulging in good food, good beer and good lols with good friends.
Events Coordinator: Jimmy Green