Ally Maize and Fellow Green Teens Thank Former Vice President for Spreading Environmental Awareness
Los Angeles, CA - November 16, 2009 - Former Vice President Al Gore's commitment to spreading environmental awareness has inspired millions of people to rethink how their individual actions impact the planet. For 17-year-old Ally Maize, Los Angeles' resident "green" teen and founder of local nonprofit, Green Youth Movement (GYM), this was no exception. After watching "An Inconvenient Truth" at the young age of 15, Maize was inspired to promote green living and sustainable education amongst her peers, and has grown the Green Youth Movement into a formidable force in the community. To thank the former vice president for inspiring the Green Youth Movement, Maize and her fellow green teens presented Mr. Gore with The Green Youth Movement Inspiration Award 2009 last Thursday, November 12 at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles.
Chloe Mills, Ally Maize, and fellow GYM members hold the Green Youth Movement Inspiration Award 2009
As a local nonprofit organization that aims to educate teens about environmental awareness and sustainability, the Green Youth Movement believes in daily changes that can make a significant impact, a message that Mr. Gore conveys in "An Inconvenient Truth" and his new book, "Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis." Additionally, the Green Youth Movement considers children and teens, the next group of consuming adults, as an integral part of the solution to climate change.
"Living sustainably is something that many children and teenagers are motivated to do, but the sources for education are lacking," says Maize. "Making a positive impact on the environment becomes much more do-able when the solutions make sense and are readily accessible, a credo that Mr. Gore has worked tirelessly to advocate through his work. The Green Youth Movement's Inspiration Award is a representation of our gratitude for Mr. Gore's role in spreading awareness."
In addition to providing simple, easy-to-do green living solutions on their official website, Maize and her fellow Green Youth Movement members hope to garner the support of politicians and educators to create a practical environmental course of study that would ultimately be integrated in every elementary school education curriculum across the nation.
"The basis of our work is to encourage individual accountability amongst our peers by providing them with meaningful and practical methods of conserving," adds 15-year-old Chloe Mills, Vice President of the Green Youth Movement. "This is a cause that we're very passionate about, and I hope Mr. Gore knows how appreciative we are of his advocacy efforts. It is truly inspirational. "
About Green Youth Movement
The Green Youth Movement (GYM) is comprised of students who are concerned about the environment. As an Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded by Ally Maize at the young age of 15, GYM aims to educate kids and teens about environmental awareness, green living and sustainability. Collectively, this age group can make a big difference in reducing environmental impacts for a brighter, greener future. For more information and/or to get involved, please visit www.greenyouthmovement.org.