Photo: Robin Loznak

Photo: Robin Loznak

News Reel

April 29, 2017: Kids and Teens Are Suing Trump's Administration Over Climate Change - Teen Vogue

April 29, 2017: Huge Climate March Crowds Protest Trump's Anti-Environment Actions - Inside Climate News

September 13, 2016: Saving the planet for future generations - CNN

October 2015: Bar mitzvah pursues climate recovery - Oregon Jewish Life Magazine

 

Isaac Vergun

Age: 15, Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

"The courts have the ability to impact the lives of future generations and our lives in the future. I am speaking for the future generations, and they would want to have a livable planet as they grow up."

For Isaac's 5th grade science project, he researched carbon footprint statistics and climate change education. Since then, his passion for the topic has only grown. He was particularly inspired by meeting Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, after which he began a campaign to get the city of Beaverton to divest from fossil fuels. Isaac dedicated his bar mitzvah (a Jewish rite of passage) project to this effort, and gathered more than 500 signatures for divestment. Isaac is also a member of Plant for the Planet, and helped organize the first ever Plant for the Planet Academy in the U.S. outside of Washington state. Isaac has been named a Climate Justice Ambassador, and taken part in Youth Climate Leadership Training.

Isaac at the April 29, 2017 People's Climate March. Photo: Robin Loznak

Isaac at the April 29, 2017 People's Climate March. Photo: Robin Loznak