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The Life of Climate Activist Jamie Margolin

She’s only 18 and she has already sued the state of Washington for their inaction against climate change, and rallied thousands of young people during protests. Brut nature met climate activist Jamie Margolin at the C40 Cities summit.

She’s sometimes described as the American Greta Thunberg

At just 18 years old, Jamie Margolin has already: rallied thousands of young people during protests, co-founded an organization that fights for climate justice, and raised her voice before the U.S. Congress.

She was born on December 10, 2001, in Seattle. In 2016, at 14, she campaigned for the first time. While Donald Trump was rising in the polls, she decided to support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race and interned at the campaign headquarters located in Seattle, where she notably translated Spanish, her Colombian-born mother’s native language. Over the years, she became aware of environmental crises and climate change. Around the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the youth climate strikes didn’t yet exist. But the Women’s March, which brought together hundreds of thousands of protestors, inspired Jamie Margolin.

At 15, with 3 others, she founded a movement calling for climate action: Zero Hour. In February 2018, while organizing the march in addition to her school work, she sued the state of Washington along with 12 other young people to denounce the lack of climate action. On July 21, 2018, after several months of planning, the youth march took place in over 20 cities, most of them in the U.S. In Washington, D.C., despite the rain, she was joined by several hundred people. In September 2019, she was invited to testify before the U.S. Congress alongside Greta Thunberg.

At activism events or on social media, she emphasizes the link between climate change, discrimination, and social inequality. Notably inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she took a stand in favor of a Green New Deal. As of the end of 2019, she returned to political activism, getting involved in the Bernie Sanders campaign. Jamie Margolin was named one of the 100 most inspiring women of 2019 by the BBC. In a sign of irony or ambition, the words “FuturePOTUS” (FuturePresident) appear on her Instagram bio.

Brut.

01/18/2020 10:18 AM
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131 comments

  • Erich P.
    03/09/2020 19:49

    And we keep breeding and consuming and spreading more more more . Our growing numbers is the 1st problem then our methods .

  • Daniel B.
    03/09/2020 19:26

    Reading these comments makes me laugh so hard but no one on social media never moaning about volcano when they go off spewing hot lava and ash in the two the atmosphere causing bad air Quality.I found it funny again that people getting brain washed bye these YouTube’s giving out false info about mother nature but really there’s positive side about it. !!!! No need two comment.

  • Gregory S.
    03/09/2020 12:13

    Yeah, in 1980, it was over 100°f For over 100 days with no rain in central Arkansas, just a year AFTER the big"ice age"scare...

  • TomPall J.
    03/08/2020 20:35

    Al gore said so lmao

  • TomPall J.
    03/08/2020 20:35

    Tell me one climate change prediction that has happened? Oh shit! None of them lmao.

  • TomPall J.
    03/08/2020 20:34

    Someone punch her please

  • Vegastarr V.
    03/08/2020 04:59

    STOP CORPORATE GREED MEANS SAVING THE WORLD. THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Joe D.
    03/08/2020 04:22

    If we stop liberalism we end global warming!

  • Jennifer L.
    03/07/2020 20:45

    She’s one of the unsung heroes.

  • Pavel Š.
    03/07/2020 12:33

    Why does your channel repeat its posts? I ve seen this about three times so far

  • Brian D.
    03/07/2020 11:44

    Remember in the 70s all the scientists tried to scare people about the coming Ice Age

  • Brian D.
    03/07/2020 11:41

    Idealogically possessed is a real thing.

  • Brian F.
    03/07/2020 04:27

    We do not need an American Greta, nor do we need the Swedish Greta either.....

  • Mark P.
    03/07/2020 03:40

    Weirdo!

  • Anouska K.
    03/07/2020 01:04

    Hillary Clinton is no better

  • Füstös J.
    03/06/2020 22:42

    Stupid attentionwhore

  • Carol H.
    03/06/2020 21:18

    And what has she achieved ? We are all very aware that climate does change. I’m 74 and the climate has changed a lot since I was born! 🤪🤪🤪🤪

  • Will C.
    03/06/2020 20:09

    shut up bitch

  • Albino C.
    03/06/2020 19:09

    Agora é só gretas! 😂😂😂

  • David O.
    03/06/2020 19:09

    No. You need to pony up the evidence. Your statement, your proof.