Miko V.

Age: 16, Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

"As a teen, I can tell you this is our future we're talking about. We have to stop going about our lives as if nothing is happening."

Miko was born on Majuro in the Marshall Islands, a low-lying Pacific island nation on the frontlines of climate change. Inspired by the culture and resilience of her people, Miko fights for a future where their land can stay above sea level. As she says, "ever since the islands have been colonized, the culture has been stripped away from them and now that climate change has come into the picture, the land is slowly being taken away from them as well." A student at the International School of Beaverton, Miko is a high school intern at 350PDX, and has been involved with climate activism since 7th grade, when she joined Plant for the Planet. Since then, she has been speaking at rallies, testimonies, city council meetings, fundraising events, and other climate actions.

Miko celebrates outside court with her fellow #youthvgov plaintiffs. Photo: -amw, Flickr

Miko celebrates outside court with her fellow #youthvgov plaintiffs. Photo: -amw, Flickr