Support team works with youth leaders in the Senate cafeteria.
iMatter was born from the creative activism of Alec Loorz and his mother Victoria Loorz in 2009. As a response to the growing interest of multitudes of youth wanting to get involved in Alec's work to stand up for their future, we began to strategize how to provide platforms and opportunities for the youth voice to be heard on the crisis that affects them most.
iMatter has grown, from its original community projects involving SLAP (Sea Level Awareness Project), and Alec's presentations, to global youth marches, national campaigns and legal actions.
Our work now includes youth leadership training and empowerment to address the climate crisis at all levels - through grassroots actions, judicial action, and legislative action.
that the revolution that is needed begins in the hearts, actions and voices of those most impacted by the crisis: the youth.
to make the climate crisis REAL and relevant to every member of society by drawing attention to the reality that the futures of the youngest generation is at stake.
a single story of how the youngest generation is impacted by (and doing something about) the climate crisis through multiple characters and innovative transmedia storytelling to invite all youth into the story
action from the ruling generation through the power of the youth stories
transmedia communications, community engagement campaigns, leadership development programs to empower youth to speak up for their generation and ignite change in their worlds.
a world that lives as if their future matters and values nature and future generations more than profits and power.
This is how iMatter began. A simple video made by a 13 year old boy who understood the link between the problem and the solution...and figured out how to communicate it.
Alec started the organization when he was 13 after seeing An Inconvenient Truth. He is now 18 and a student at Quest University in Squmish, BC.
Victoria, Alec's mom, is the Executive Director and co-Founder of the organization. Also trained by The Climate Reality Project, she is devoted to creating space for kids to thrive as leaders.
Valerie has a background in peace-building and systems thinking, as well as a deep devotion to kids. A mom of five teens/young adults, she works tirelessly to engage and empower the generation at risk.
By day, Russell is a senior executive of The Cheesecake Factory Restaurants. By night and weekends, he's a fire-breathing activist, dedicated to awakening society to the threats of global warming. He is the most active Board Chair in America.
Mina has been an activist/leader in the iMatter Youtlh Council for several years. She is now 18, and a freshman at UC Davis majoring in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Most recently, Mina has helped draft a Green Purchasing section for her town's climate action plan, and worked with local city governments on a myriad of environmental actions, Her passionate work to mobilize her generation in the fight against fossil fuel manipulation give us all hope.
Pete's Our Science Advisor, Pete Kalmus, studied at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and is currently a climate scientist at JPL in Pasadena, CA following his post as a Senior Post Doctoral Scholar in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. An awakened activist and devoted father, Pete is an inspiration.