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Don’t Just Sit There……

2010 November 30

By Megan Gavin

Have you ever seen someone littering and you think to yourself….say something!…but you don’t? How many of us know that switching your light bulbs to CFL type blubs save energy but haven’t gotten around to making the switch? Recently, I heard about a 15-year-old boy from California who saw the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” back when he was 12. Something hit home and he wanted to tell everyone he knew about what he learned. Unfortunately he was too young to be one of Al Gore’s climate change spokespeople. But instead of doing nothing – Alec Loorz decided to do something. He designed his own climate change presentations aimed at youth. Alec said that something just “clicked” when watching the film and he felt a calling to stop global warming. Wow! You don’t hear a lot about the feeling of being called upon to do something and here’s a kid who has done exactly that!

With his mom’s support, Alec ended up creating Kids vs Global Warming, a non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for youth to learn about the science and solutions of climate change and then take action. Not only did this teen start a non-profit but he created a website highlighting his speeches and projects.

Listening to his speeches on his web site, I was drawn in to his message, youth are smart NOW, creative NOW, involved NOW. He repeatedly says that youth need to be taken seriously, their voices matter, they are motivated and inspired, they just need a push with direction, support and mentoring. Could you give that push to a young person? Do you know someone who can?

I wasn’t surprised to learn Alec went beyond giving presentations on climate change, he created a lot of different projects such as: Sea Level Awareness campaign, a Declaration of Independence from fossil fuels and a California Youth Climate Council. His message must be getting out; he’s been on national news programs, won a variety of awards and inspired kids nationwide. Alec’s latest project is the iMatter March with a goal of one million youth standing up for the planet. I can’t wait to see what kids like Alec will do next.

About the author: Megan Gavin currently works as the environmental education coordinator in the Chicago office of EPA.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 30, 2010

    Many Kids Like Alec Will Do Next.
    Look in my place. Taufik’s every morning walks around our home block to clean our garbage side by side. He helps his father to do that, divided its, reuse-recycle and reduce. We pay them and they sell its to “boss” at the next block. But Taufik different with Alec, because he is not school. But Taufik similar with Alec, because they are “Green Kids”.

  2. Megan permalink
    November 30, 2010

    Alec has a cool website about his projects. Check out: kids vs global warming.

  3. Jerry Morgan permalink
    December 4, 2010

    The Site is great and presents information in a way that is easy for kids to digest. I just sent this email to a friend of mine who is a math and science teacher :) I hope he gets a chance to motivate his classroom . Great Post and Thanks.

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