Isaac Vergun — Youth Climate Leader and Co-Founder of YAE!

Isaac Vergun is s Federal Plaintiff in Juliana et a. v. U.S. and a Youth Climate Leader with Youth Acting for our Earth, YAE!


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.

From Beaverton, Oregon, Isaac is a 17-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.

Isaac trained to become a Climate Reality Leader and was elected to the Global Boards of Plant-for-the-Planet and as president, and he participated in the Youth Summits in Germany and Italy as well as inspiring adults from around the world in Monaco at PlantAhead. Honored as a Youth in Action by the Marshallese Community, Isaac is part of the Oregon Youth Legislative Initiative, and a teen board member of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

Helping to found Youth Acting for Our Earth (YAE!), Isaac leads free one-day trainings for youth in grades 4-12, and has spoken to media, schools, congregations and other organizations, as well as at several conferences, such as his 15 Minutes of Brilliance Keynote at the Living Future Conference and the 2016 Soil Not Oil International Conference. Having received his IB MYP certificate, Isaac is a senior applying to colleges to study marine biology.


Want to learn how Isaac got started? Check out:

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

For videos, go to:

Thank you!