As Mother’s Day approaches, many of our children are already busy making us cards and presents, some are planning menus for dinners and breakfasts in bed, and others are simply making dinner reservations! I want to share a story with you about a young friend of mine who is going in a “slightly different direction” for his mother this year as he gets ready for his “day in court” on May 11th; a unique “twist” to the Mother’s Day gift idea!
Alec Loorz, 17, is suing the US federal and state governments on behalf of young people everywhere for the right to have our atmosphere treated as a common resource, a public trust shared by all. Alec is asking the US government to take responsibility and regulate greenhouse gas emissions to protect future generations and the future of the planet. The drama is building as powerful forces like the National Manufacturing Association and the US government are challenging Alec and his right to proceed. Each side is getting ready for an important “face off” and the chance to argue their case before a federal judge in Washington, DC on Friday, May 11th!
Please take 3 minutes and sit down with the kids in your life to listen to Alec tell his story. Learn how Alec has arrived at this point in his young life, facing a federal court judge and squaring off against some of the most powerful forces in the world. Watch as Alec shares his battle in his own words and learn why he feels he needs to take the United States of America to court, to protect his future and ours.
Alec’s journey is one I know has made his mother incredibly proud. It has been a journey of sacrifice fraught with many challenges along the way. My admiration, thanks and respect for Alec and his mother Victoria, remain immeasurable. As my children get ready to celebrate me this year, and as I am fortunate to be able to spend Mother’s Day with both my mother and mother-in-law, part of our celebration will be sharing Alec’s story, his hopes and his dreams as he inspires all of us and gives us hope that together we can make a difference. As the Lorax reminds us: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Please join me and sign Alec’s petition and help protect the atmosphere for the youngest generation. Sign it in the company of your children, as a Mother’s Day present, hope and dream for yourself, and for all our children. If you can be or are already planning to be in Washington, DC join Alec and “Pack the Courtroom” on May 11th, it will be a moment you will remember the rest of your life!