Climate Change Recovery

Youth and Adults Acting for our Earth—YAE!

We at Climate Change Recovery are dedicated to training and supporting students and parents from all backgrounds, creating a more diverse and inspirational group of leaders from all over who can expand the movement and take effective action against global warming.

We are delighted to share that we have received our 501(c)3 status.

Please support this work with your kind and tax-deductible donation—Climate Change Recovery, LLC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization:


Our Youth and Adults Acting for our Earth (YAE!) Training Program, trains and supports youth and adults from many backgrounds to address the climate crisis.

We do this through our free or low-cost peer-led trainings for students of all ages that are supported by local community organizations and other kind donors.

The Next Training—Details coming soon!

Our Most Recent Training—Hosted by The Community School for Creative Education!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

U.S. Pacific Time: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Registration is open to all CSCE 6th-8th graders and to other youth and adults by special arrangement. (Please contact Pam at the email below to learn more.)

Travis Lipman leading in Sacramento in 2017
Photo by Laurie Litman

And, the training is free, thanks to the generosity of the Community School for Creative Education and the Numi Foundation. We are also looking for co-sponsors, so please contact Pam at if interested.

To register for this YAE Climate Training, please click here: Student Registration—August 16, 2022—Oakland Training.

And, for a chance to join us for a free movie night later that night and hear Juliana Plaintiff Isaac Vergun speak about the lawsuit that has been called one of the most important civil rights lawsuits ever in the whole world, keep reading below for the link to register!

Everyone participating will remained masked for the entire time of the training (except during shared meals, when we will social distance accordingly. The only other times where we may optionally take off masks will be during the final photos (which take less than 5 minutes), and the morning presenters may take off their mask during their presentation if we are able to sufficiently distance them from everyone else. Everyone leading the training is fully up-to-date on masks and boosters.

If you would like to register as a YAE leader to lead this training, please click here: Volunteer Registration—August 16, 2022—Oakland Training. YAE leaders should contact Pam right away. We plan for this to be an in-person training.

The training is free.
If you feel able, there is an optional, tax-deductible donation of $36 per student.

YAE Leader Gracie Taylor presenting the YAE Slideshow on the Climate Crisis

The Community School for Creative Education, 2111 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Additional information will be sent after registration and shortly before the training.

This training will be led by some of our amazing YAE climate leaders including Callie Greene, Isaac Vergun, Travis Lipman, Rikin Mainali, Erik Hagström, and Nagwa Emam.

VIP guest speakers will include:
Gary White, Climate Reality Leader,
Wilford Welch, Diplomat, Consultant, Presidio Graduate School Instructor, and author of In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis, and
Phil Gregory, Of Council, Our Children’s Trust!

Though many who do our YAE training are just beginning to learn more about global warming and use this as a chance to step into the climate movement, some of those who have done this training were already climate leaders—such as several plaintiffs in the federal climate case, Juliana et al. v. U.S. Why would someone already knowledgeable about the climate crisis do this training? Here is one perspective, from a sustainability and climate leader.

Those who have already done YAE’s training and want to apply to help lead this one, please contact Pam right away.

Don’t miss out. Register and then invite friends!

YAE Leader Nagwa Emam Presenting on the Climate Crisis at the May 2018 YAE Training

Movie Night with Juliana Plaintiff Isaac Vergun!

Join us after the YAE Training on August 16, 2022 at the Community School for Creative Education for a special showing of the award-winning documentary Youth v Gov. We are grateful to Community School for Creative Education and the Numi Foundation for making this possible!

Register Here to Watch the Movie with CCR and Meet Isaac!

Teamwork & Empowerment

YAE climate leaders and their families gather in person and through online community gatherings for mutual support and to take action on global warming.

Our leaders support each other and their communities through collaboration with organizations working on the climate crisis and other urgent and interrelated social justice issues.

YAE leaders: Contact Pam if you need help getting access to the Training Resources section of our website.

YAE Leaders, Parents, and other Volunteers sharing a meal
in Rohnert Park, California
YAE Leader and Community Organizer Ellee McBeth;
Photo by Jen McBeth

Support YAE!

We need your support—please donate to the work of Climate Change Recovery and our innovative program, Youth and Adults Acting for our Earth—YAE!

We use your tax-deductible donations to fund our work with you and to increase access to this program across the U.S. as well as for students and families in other countries. If you have any questions, please contact our director, Dr. Pam Vergun, M.P.A., at We are working to get added to programs like Benevity—if you have any matching programs you would like us to prioritize, please let us know.

Organizations can also become a financial sponsor—contact Dr. Vergun to learn more!

Octavia Chambers, Social Responsibility Impact Manager for the
Portland Trail Blazers
at a training at Tryon Life Community Farm, Portland, Oregon
Photo by Laurie Litman

Glimpses of some of our recent YAE trainings (pre- and post-COVID 😁):

YAE Climate Justice Presentation hosted by Cool Islam at Tualatin Hills Nature Park with YAE Co-Founder Miko Vergun speaking
Photo by Pam Vergun
A recent YAE video conference training—
Students and YAE leaders from 3 states and 2 countries;
VIPs from 4 continents
Our autumn hybrid training with students from Lupine School in Vancouver and the International School of Beaverton, and VIPs from Washington, California, and Ireland
Our 4th annual Cool Islam sponsored Training

Join us for the next one!