Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana

Age: 21, Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

"I believe that climate change is the most pressing issue my generation will ever face, indeed that the world has ever faced. This is an environmental issue and it is also a human rights issue."

Kelsey was named for the land that raised her: Cascadia and the Pacific Northwest, a land increasingly impacted by wildfires, ocean acidification and heat waves. A lifelong environmental activist, she first joined Our Children's Trust through suing the Governor of Oregon when she was 15 years old. The Lead Plaintiff in Juliana vs. United States, she is committed to seeing the US through to nationwide climate recovery. When Kelsey was 18, she walked across the country with the Great March for Climate Action, and she now works with Partners for Sustainable Schools to teach children about sustainability and the environment.

Kelsey speaks outside the US Supreme Court, April 27, 2017. Photo: Robin Loznak

Kelsey speaks outside the US Supreme Court, April 27, 2017. Photo: Robin Loznak