Jamie Margolin Portrait
This portrait was inspired by Jamie's pointed message: "We had no power in creating the systems that are destroying our world and futures and yet we are and will be paying the biggest price for the older generations' recklessness." Series 2020. 6" W x 9" L. Black ink on eco-friendly, cold-pressed, heavyweight archival paper. Ships worldwide.
MORE ABOUT JAMIE'S INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY
Jamie Margolin is a Youth Climate Justice Activist and Co-Executive Director of Zero Hour, a Youth Climate Action organization based in Seattle, Washington. In 2017, at age 15, Margolin founded Zero Hour with Nadia Nazar. The creation of Zero Hour was inspired by the inhumane response following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Jamie's personal experience during the 2017 Washington wildfires.
Young people around the world have drawn inspiration from Zero Hour — most notably Greta Thunberg. Thunberg, then a 15-year-old high school student in Sweden, read about Zero Hour’s day of action online. A month later, she began her Fridays For Future school strike campaign, protesting outside Sweden’s parliament every week. The strike movement spread across Europe and the world, becoming a key part of today’s wave of youth climate activism.
In September 2019, Margolin was part of a youth group that sued Governor Jay Inslee and the State of Washington over greenhouse-gas emissions in the state. Following this lawsuit, she was asked to testify against them as part of a panel called "Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis," where teenagers involved in climate change were able to make their case. The youth in this lawsuit were concerned with the Washington Government's lack of action surrounding climate change, implying that they are denying the younger generation a constitutional right to a liveable environment.
Jamie has garnered notoriety as a plaintiff in the Aji P. v. Washington case, suing the state of Washington for their inaction against climate change on the basis of a stable climate being a human right. Her writing about climate change has appeared in many publications including HuffPost, Teen Ink, and CNN. She was part of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and one of People Magazine's 25 Women Changing the World in 2018. Margolin is also a member of the Junior State of America Foundation.