If a picture is worth a thousand words, he hopes to save a thousand lives, in part by using vivid images of environmental damage to help move people to act. The images of gushing oil, huge slicks, and dying wildlife helped to make environmental restoration a top priority for both government and industry after the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and demonstrated the power that visual media can have in sparking action. The motto on his website tries to capture the potential of images to have a positive impact: “Seeing the World, Changing the World.”
Growing up as the child of two EPA attorneys in a home where nobody eats meat for environmental reasons, the grass is cut with an electric mower, and no weed killers are used, it always seemed natural for Alexander to care about environmental issues. He volunteered with local environmental organizations as a child and then realized that environmental issues are also of critical importance beyond his immediate neighborhood. Of all the environmental problems facing the world, he particularly wants to help free America from its dependence on fossil fuels, acknowledging that we cannot afford to enrich oil-producing nations that are hostile to our interests or to irresponsibly develop domestic sources of oil and natural gas. He believes that our country’s addiction to fossil fuels is dangerous because supplies are running out, their use causes harmful pollution, and it is a threat to our national and economic security.
He has taken engineering and law courses on the Yale University campus, worked for National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, worked for United States Geological Survey, worked for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), volunteered with the “Obama for President” and “Tim Kaine for Governor” campaigns, and interned as a photographer for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. He also plays guitar and hockey, and won his high school’s Hobey Baker Award for character, positive attitude, outstanding sportsmanship, excellent work ethic, unselfish team play, coachability, great role model, and exemplary citizenship.