Isaac Vergun

YAE Leader and Co-Founder of YAE!

Isaac Vergun is a federal plaintiff in Juliana et a. v. U.S. and co-founder and lead youth climate leader with Youth Acting for our Earth, YAE! Plus, Isaac is a Howard University Student (Class of 2024).

Photo by Pam Vergun

Photo: Pam Vergun

Isaac Vergun has been a core part of the work of Climate Change Recovery and Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!) since its inception.

Busy with school and climate work, this page will remain somewhat limited for awhile, but you can learn more about his work below.

Isaac Vergun is a 18-year old sprinter, cross country runner, and climate activist and federal plaintiff in the case Juliana et al. vs. U.S. At 11-years old, Isaac got the attention of Bill McKibben by stepping onto the stage to ask about starting a divestment campaign for his hometown of Beaverton, Oregon.

Isaac co-founded Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!) and is the Lead Youth Climate Leader, bringing the program to four states and counting. He trained to become a Climate Reality Leader and was twice elected to the Global Boards of Plant-for-the-Planet. He was also elected President of the Global Children’s Board. He participated in the Youth Summits in Germany and Italy as well as inspiring adults from around the world in Monaco at PlantAhead. Isaac is part of the Oregon Youth Legislative Initiative (which helps youth make personal connections with legislators to influence the adoption of sane climate policy) and co-founded an Earth Guardians Crew at the International School of Beaverton. He was honored as a Youth in Action by the Marshallese Community, served as a leader of his high school’s Black Student Union, and as a teen board member of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

Through YAE, Isaac leads free one-day trainings for youth in grades 4-12, and has spoken to media, schools, congregations and other organizations. He has been a successful fundraiser on several occasions— his compelling speech at a dinner gathering of members of community churches in a small town in Oregon helped to bring in almost double the fundraising goal for Our Children’s Trust, donations totally $46,163. Isaac is invited to speak at conferences, such as Soil Not Oil International, and green building professionals gave a standing ovation after his 15 Minutes of Brilliance Keynote at the Living Future Conference. He spoke at Penn State’s Sustainability Showcase and briefed federal staffers at the Clean Energy & Technology Association. Isaac earned an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Certificate and is bilingual in Spanish. He studies communications & environmental studies at Howard University and does music and loves hiking and camping in his spare time.

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For the page on the Our Children’s Trust site for Isaac Vergun, federal climate case plaintiff, go to:

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