Like many teenagers his age, Alec Loorz is concerned about the state of the environement. He is worried that natural resources are being squandered and degraded beyond repair and he is angry that the present generation of decision makers has not stepped up to protect the envrionment for the future.
But unlike many teenagers his age, Loorz is not content to sit idly by and wait to see what happens. This week, the sixteen year-old filed a lawsuit against the federal government for allowing global warming to proceed unchecked and for failing to protect environmental resources for future generations.
His guest post on Good.is
explains his motives and actions:
"I am 16 years old. This morning I filed a lawsuit against the United States of America, for allowing money to be more powerful than the survival of my generation, and for making decisions that threaten our right to a safe and healthy planet."
He goes on to add:
"This is not the future I want. And I know that we still have a chance to turn this picture around. But, it’s going to take more than changing lightbulbs and buying hybrid cars. I believe it will take nothing less than a revolution... a revolution in our entire culture and way of thinking, so that we value nature and the future of my generation with every action we take."
And Loorz isn't just fighting his battle in the courts. He is taking his revolution to the streets this weekend with a series of iMatter
marches scheduled around the country and around the world calling for action on climate change.
According to Loorz:
"This is a movement. A mass movement of young people standing up with a unified voice to tell the ruling generation that we will no longer just sit idly by as they make decisions that threaten our future. We matter. Our future matters."