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Kerry is a fan of GoGreen
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and other lawmakers yesterday met with the creator of GoGreen Man, the latest superhero from a neighborhood near you.
GoGreen Man was created by Jonathan Lee, a fourth-grader from Ridgeland, Miss., who wanted to do something fun to help clean up the environment.
Jonathan and his parents wrote a short book on GoGreen Man, complete with superhero villains such as Dr. Pollution.
Though his arch-nemesis is putting up quite a fight, our superhero is confident. “I think kids can learn about it because I wrote it from a kid’s point of view,” said Jonathan.
Kerry agrees. “We’ve been fighting this battle for a long time,” he said, “but I think if he gets more people enlisted in his army, then that’s how you win.”
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Kerry lauds "green" kid
Sen. John Kerry (D-Ma., 2004 prez candidate) today met with a young man he calls the "environmental ambassador" to children around the world.
Mississippi resident Jonathan Lee, 10, created a pro-environmental cartoon character named: "Go Green Man," Kerry says in a press release.
The superhero's mission is to protect 'Greenville,' but he also fights for clean water, renewable energy, wildlife, forests, and of course -- an issue close to Kerry's heart -- stopping global warming and curbing pollution.
"I couldn't be more proud of Jonathan," said Kerry. "In order for us to really have a chance at tackling this problem, we need more than just grown-ups on board.
Jonathan's message is special because he delivers it as a peer to a new generation of environmentalists, and there's nothing more powerful than that. Every child makes the world a little brighter, but I commend Jonathan for saving the world in his own way -- one superhero adventure at a time."
In a release, Kerry says Jonathan is an environmental ambassador for children around the world for telling kids to turn off lights when they aren't being used and switch to high efficiency light bulbs.
-- Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times
GoGreenMan Battles Fast Food Chains
By Michele Wilson May 12, 2009, 6:34 PM
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Lee—creator of the superhero GoGreenMan—is a preteen on a mission: To get big fast food chains to recycle.
“The packages you see behind me came from 10 popular restaurants that many people eat at,” he says, in one of two homemade videos, standing in front of a wall of garbage. “And did you know they didn’t recycle?!” he shouts.
He’s taking his case up the government ladder. So far, the enthusiastic Lee has spoken with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) about his issue with fast food waste. And just last week, he posted a video on CNN’s iReport.com asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid whether he would support a national fast food recycling program.
The role of advocate isn’t new for Lee; he’s been fighting for the environment since he watched a show about global warming when he was 10. He uses GoGreenMan—and the superhero’s unending fight against Dr. Pollution—to get his peers interested in the cause.
GoGreenMan, armed with a wind energizer, a solar sun shield and a hydro hipster, teams up with Hannah Heart (and her solar sunglasses), Recycle Roger (and his recyclonator), Water Woman (who can walk on water) and several others. They battle the evil Dr. Pollution and his terrible cohorts.
With this cause, Lee faces an uphill struggle, but he seems ready for the fight. “How come restaurants aren’t recycling?” he asks emphatically. Pause. “The GoGreenMan investigation will continue.”