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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.

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01/18/2020 10:18 AM
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29 comments

  • Pavel N.
    05/05/2020 05:44

    Yeah yeah, I get it there are some kids who protest in stead of playing some sport. Just don't tell me they're like Jeanne d'Arc. I can read some powerful words from a paper too. Let's get back to life and face the reality... Someone has to work while they think they are changing the world by writting some stuff using marker on their arms.

  • Mark P.
    05/05/2020 01:11

    Nut cake!

  • Tin K.
    05/05/2020 00:44

    Wtf music

  • Craig A.
    05/04/2020 18:26

    Great... Another attention seeking brat

  • Mayank P.
    05/04/2020 18:19

    Another attention seeker

  • Himanshu S.
    05/04/2020 18:07

    She did right until she endorsed killary

  • Kuran M.
    05/04/2020 17:00

    Between 2 types of people: 1, some kids going out to say st loudly that "save the world everyone, how dare you make our climate change, dont do that any more...", 2: some people are working, researching, trying experiences, provide some products useful for replacement of bad things, i definitely LOVE the second type 😍

  • David J.
    05/04/2020 15:27

    Attention seeker

  • Marije K.
    05/04/2020 14:59

    So many Trumplovers here. Get well soon!

  • Mika P.
    05/04/2020 14:47

    💚💙💚💙🌍🌎🌏

  • James R.
    05/04/2020 13:45

    Twit - "Bird brained; of low intelligence" - Urban Dictionary

  • James R.
    05/04/2020 13:42

    Poor indoctrinated girl.

  • John P.
    05/04/2020 04:42

    Stupid brat

  • John M.
    05/03/2020 22:19

    An END to pointless Oil Wars, Corruption, Ecocide, Pollution, Mass Consumerism, Wildlife Murder and Animal Agriculture! Let's all make these happen NOW! 💚♥️

  • John M.
    05/03/2020 22:17

    The YOUNG are going to save the world! Sadly the ADULTS have messed it up! ♥️💚

  • Tony R.
    05/03/2020 21:08

    IT seems that daddy an mommy did not give enough attention. 😪

  • Egg M.
    05/03/2020 20:46

    I am still waiting to see a climate activist present a plan that take into consideration economics at play. There needs to be a realistic alternative in place available to everyone before we stop the usage of fossil fuels. Can they present an alternative for every single use of fossil fuels ? They concentrate on the obvious surface issues, not the deep impact on economics. Before anyone tells me that life is more important then money, present to me a model of life where money is not needed at all for food, health ect. and I am in. In the meantime, I still have rent and utilities to pay, healthcare and food is not free. My job requires that I use a car to go from one place to the other, I need gas for that. The boiler in my building needs gas to keep me warm in -40 celsius weather.

  • Tony W.
    05/03/2020 20:17

    Blah blah blah

  • Sushant M.
    05/03/2020 20:06

    This is a way to get attention teenagers are doing.

  • Don A.
    05/03/2020 19:38

    Gotta love this lady 😊👍🏻😘 She gets it 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻😊