At the young age of seventeen, actor Marcus Scribner has courageously decided to take a stand for mother Earth and the repercussions of climate change.
Scribner, who plays the NAACP award-winning character Andre “Junior” Jr. on ABC’s Black-ish, is utilizing his platform to act upon climate change and its effects. In his essay published on Mic. online magazine, he announced that he will be working with Defend Our Future, a non-profit organization that helps to improve the current state of the environment. Scribner is passionate about improving the state of the environment, and hopes to provide a safer future for generations to come.
“It’s a personal mission of mine to make sure the old days never come back — it’s why I work with Defend Our Future, a campaign empowering millennials to take action to protect the environment. Defend Our Future is making it as easy as possible for you to get in touch with your elected representatives. Please take a few minutes to send your senators and representatives a message. Let them know that you want them to protect EPA and our health. Even though I can’t vote yet, I have already reached out to my local representatives, and encourage you to do so as well, because together, we can and must defend our future.”
He mentions that as his parents grew up in the polluted Los Angeles, he was told stories of “billowing fog” that would storm across the city, and rivers that were lit aflame from the pollution buried deep in them. The Flint, Mich., crisis also deepened his passions for bettering the environment, as well as his own humbleness.
“As a Los Angeles native, clean air to breathe and water to drink are two things I don’t take for granted.”
Defend Our Future, a company works with young people in the hopes to “protect the world for future generations,” has teamed up with Scribner to educate younger generations on the topics of climate change and environmentalism.
Scribner’s tenacity also derived from Trump’s plan to completely “dismantle” the EPA. He mentions that vulnerable cities, such as the previously mentioned Flint, Mich., “have much to lose” if the EPA is defunded. Through horror stories told about the dangers of pollution, the current state of United States environmental education, and his own caring nature, Scribner hopes to make a lasting impact on the world, and must congratulate the courageous steps Scribner is taking especially at such a young and vulnerable age.