Jamie Margolin

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Jamie Margolin
Born (2001-12-10) December 10, 2001 (age 18)[1]
OccupationHigh school student, climate justice activist
Known forOrganizing the Youth Climate Action March

Jamie Margolin (born 10 December 2001) is a Colombian-American climate justice activist who identifies in the LGBTQIA+ community as lesbian. She is also the co-executive director of Zero Hour, a climate action organization based in Seattle, Washingon.[2] She has written for various media outlets, such as CNN and Huffington Post.[3]

In 2017, at age 15, Margolin founded the youth climate action organization Zero Hour with Nadia Nazar.[4][5] She serves as the co-executive director of the organization.[6] Margolin co-founded Zero Hour in reaction to the response she saw after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico[7] and her personal experience during the 2017 Washington wildfires.[6] She has garnered some 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.[7][8] Her writing about climate change has appeared in many publications including HuffPost[1], Teen Ink[2] and CNN[3]. She was part of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 class of 2018.[9] In 2018, she was also named as one of People Magazine's 25 Women Changing the World.[10][11] Margolin is a member of the Junior State of America.[12]

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.[13] The youth in this lawsuit were concerned with the Washington Governments lack of action surrounding climate change, implying that they are denying the younger generation a constitutional right to a liveable environment without these environmental issues they are facing.[3]

Margolin has identified as Jewish and Latinx.[14]


Jaime Margolin co-founded the Zero Hour Organization in 2016. This group of youth activists is concerned about the lack of action being done by the officials around the world in terms of climate change. There is a crisis happening, but no action is being taken. This organization is a non-profit international organization whose goal is to educate people about the climate crisis and get more people involved in activism. Their first goal was to create a national mass day of action in order to get more youth involved in fighting for the health of the planet. By using #thisisZeroHour, the dedicated youth in this organization hope to send out the message that there is no more time to waste, and action must be taken as soon as possible to combat climate change. In their mission statement they explain "We believe that every individual, from every community should have access to clean air, water, and public lands. We believe in putting the needs and health of our communities before corporate gain." along with other goals they are hoping to get other people around the world involved in fighting for. They try to focus on educating people about what the climate crisis is and how to be an activist to help the issue.[15]


  1. ^ @Jamie_Margolin (2018-12-10). "Hey twitter, it's my birthday! If you want to help me celebrate the fact that I have survived another year, click here to help me reach my birthday goal of raising 2k for @thisiszerohour ! DONATE HERE: actionnetwork.org/fundraising/zero-hour-youth-climate-action?source=direct_link … 📷: Drew Escriva for @teenvogue" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "A Huge Climate Change Movement Led By Teenage Girls Is Sweeping Europe. And It's Coming To The US Next". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ a b "Jamie Margolin". THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF YOUTH VOICES. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  4. ^ Tempus, Alexandra (2018-11-06). "Five Questions For: Youth Climate Activist Jamie Margolin on #WalkoutToVote". Progressive.org. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ "How to build a climate movement before your 17th birthday". Grist. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  6. ^ a b Sloat, Sarah. "This 17-Year Old Activist Is Changing the Way We Talk About the Climate Crisis". Inverse. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. ^ a b "Jamie Margolin, Youth Climate Activist". Ultimate Civics. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. ^ Margolin, Jamie (2018-10-06). "I sued my state because I can't breathe there. They ignored me | Jamie Margolin". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  9. ^ Nast, Condé. "Jamie Margolin Isn't Intimidated by Climate Change-Denying Bullies". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  10. ^ "Teenage Activists Take on Climate Change: 'I Have No Choice But To Be Hopeful'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  11. ^ "Meet PEOPLE's 25 Women Changing the World of 2018". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  12. ^ "Jamie Margolin | HuffPost". www.huffpost.com. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  13. ^ "Seattle's Jamie Margolin is 17 and a climate activist. On Wednesday she testifies before Congress". The Seattle Times. 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  14. ^ "Jamie Margolin: The Teenager Who Would Be President". Forward. Retrieved February 2020. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "Who We Are - Zero Hour". thisiszerohour.org. Retrieved 2019-11-03.