In 1776, Thomas Paine, in a 48-page pamphlet titled Common Sense, challenged the way people thought about the world. 17-year old climate change activist Alec Loorz emphasizes that this is just the kind of shift in thinking that is required today. Alec's impassioned talk implores his audience to question, "the way things are" and build a mass movement of youth, standing up to change the status quo and transition to a sustainable and just society.
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