15-Year-Old Activist Seeks Independence from Fossil Fuels
Alec Loorz was just 12 years old when he first saw An Inconvenient Truth. The film moved him to launch his own Web site and non-profit organization devoted to fighting global warming and encouraging other young people to get involved.
Now Loorz is 15, and his Web site and other projects continue to build momentum. One of his projects is a “Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels.” Two weeks ago, Loorz presented a copy of it to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. It was signed by 10,000 kids; tens of thousands more have signed it since then.
Loorz, who is the youngest presenter for Al Gore’s The Climate Project, also made a documentary called Imatter, which he screened at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival earlier this year.
On his Web site, Kids vs. Global Warming, Loorz writes, “Adults always say things like, ‘It’s great to have kids involved, you guys are the future.’ But we’re more than just ‘the future.’ We’re here now. We are the present, and our voices do make a difference. Let’s now work together to change the world…and not just occupy it.”