Alex Loznak

Age: 20, Hometown: Oakland, OR

"We need to reduce carbon emissions now, in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The Federal Government's support for new fossil fuel infrastructure is fundamentally inconsistent with that goal." 

Alex Loznak is a junior at Columbia University in New York City, with a major in Sustainable Development. He goes to college a long way from the Oregon farm that has been in his family for seven generations. His great, great, great, great grandmother, Martha Poindexter Maupin, founded the farm in 1868 (she was one of the first women in Oregon to own a ranch) after arriving in the area by way of the Oregon Trail. The Maupin Century Farm is a foundational piece of Alex's life and heritage. However, the drought conditions, unusually hot temperatures, and abnormally large nearby wildfires are harming and will increasingly harm Alex’s home. Alex started a Climate Change Club at Roseburg High School, started the League of Umpqua Climate Youth (“LUCY”), and has lobbied his state legislators to pass comprehensive climate legislation. He has now also conducted extensive research for this lawsuit, including uncovering President John F. Kennedy's knowledge of human-caused climate change.

Alex with a tree marked for cutting for the Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline. Photo: Robin Loznak

Alex with a tree marked for cutting for the Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline. Photo: Robin Loznak