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Environmental Activist Kicks Off FSU’s Fall Semester With Focus on Going Green
09/06/2011

Environmental Activist Kicks Off FSU’s Fall Semester With Focus on Going Green
Alec Loorz
Seventeen-year-old climate change activist Alec Loorz will bring his energy, enthusiasm and wisdom on how to get involved in environmental activism to Frostburg State University during a lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, kicks off what FSU aspires to be an active year of service, engagement and global community, key areas the University highlighted during its Freshman Convocation.

Loorz is the founder of Kids vs Global Warming, one of the leading young voices in the United States on the issue of climate change. His work has been featured on CNN, CBS, ABC, Discovery Channel, Fox News, Mother Jones, Good Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times and hundreds of blogs and articles.

Now entering his senior year of high school in Ventura, Calif., Loorz has been a climate change activist for four years and spoken to over 200,000 people on panels with experts, in presentations at schools, museums, conferences and the United Nations and is a popular keynote speaker throughout the world. A passionate advocate for the generations that will be affected most by decisions made this year, Loorz inspires youth to get involved in bringing about change in their families, their schools and their communities.

Kids vs Global Warming is focused on empowering young leaders to influence the transition to a sustainable and just society through leadership programs such as the iMatter Council of Youth and a global campaign called the iMatter March: a youth march spanning over 40 countries and 160 cities worldwide. Loorz is suing the U.S. government to get them to fulfill their obligation to protect the atmosphere as a public trust for his generation. KvGW youth are plaintiffs in lawsuits and Petitions for Rulemaking in every state in the U.S.

Loorz’ presentation is sponsored by the Office of the President, Student and Educational Services, Student and Community Involvement and FSU’s sustainability committee, Learning Green, Living Green. To learn more about his work as an activist, check out facebook.com/iMatterMarch and www.iMatterMarch.org. For more information on FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or email lglg@frostburg.edu. You can also join the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook page at facebook.com/frostburglglg.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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