iMatter Youth North Carolina is the North Carolina chapter of iMatter Youth—Kids vs. Global Warming. Alec Loorz started Kids vs. Global Warming when he was just 12 years old. Alec felt called to do something to stop global warming, and he realized that young people have a uniquely powerful voice to demand protection for our planet. Now in college, Alec has traveled around the world inspiring young people to stand up for their planet and their future.
Alec and other young activists began to organize marches to call attention to global warming and to demand action from local, national and international leaders. In 2012, there were marches in 180 cities in 45 countries, with more than 50,000 young people marching to share the message WE MATTER! Through marches, presentations, legal action, blog posts, articles, and more, young people around the world continue to raise their voices to demand action and promote solutions.
In 2011, Raleigh fourth-grader Hallie Turner was inspired and angered by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. She was shocked by the size of a problem she’d never heard about, and she wanted to find a way to make a difference. Her first step was to join the iMatter Youth Council. At age 11, Hallie worked with a team of young leaders and talented advisors to help youth across North Carolina share the message that THEY MATTER.
Now 13, Hallie has petitioned the state of North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission to adopt a rule that would require North Carolina to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to the best climate science, in order to protect her fundamental constitutional rights to a healthy planet and stable climate system. The Commission denied her petition for rulemaking and she’s now seeking judicial review of the denial. On Friday, November 13, a judge will have an important hearing on the case, where Hallie’s lawyers (Gayle Tuch and Ryke Longest) will argue that the Commission’s denial was unlawful and should be reversed. You can learn more about the case here.
The North Carolina chapter of iMatter Youth–Kids vs. Global Warming creates a community for committed young people across North Carolina, offering ways for them to become engaged and to take action for the future of our beautiful planet.