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Powell's Books Presents Naomi Klein in Conversation With Miko Vergun & Isaac Vergun


Feb 25, 2021 04:21 PM

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Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, No Is Not Enough and On Fire. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world and she is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University and cofounder of the climate justice organization The Leap (TheLeap.org).
Miko Vergun
Miko Vergun is a 19-year old federal plaintiff in the case Juliana et al. vs. U.S. and climate activist who draws upon her Marshallese heritage to focus attention on the plight of the Marshall Islands and all the world. From Beaverton, Oregon, Miko has been part of the Oregon Youth Legislative Initiative to influence policy, trained as a Climate Reality Leader, attended the Plant-for-the-Planet Summit in Germany and was elected to the Global Youth Board. She served on the board of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation and was honored as a Youth in Action by the Marshallese community. She co-founded Youth Acting for Our Earth (YAE!), leading many trainings across three states. Miko regularly speaks to media outlets and at rallies, K-12 schools, universities, congregations, and other events, in the U.S. and also internationally, as well as presenting workshops, trainings, and at conferences.
Isaac Vergun
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 trained to become a Climate Reality Leader and was elected as president of the Plant-for-the-Planet Global Board. He participated in Youth Summits in Germany and Italy and inspired adults from around the world in Monaco at PlantAhead. Isaac was a leader of Westview’s Black Student Union, a teen board member of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, honored as a Youth in Action by the Marshallese Community, and helped youth make personal connections with legislators to influence the adoption of sane climate policy through Oregon Youth Legislative Initiative. Isaac co-founded Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!), bringing the program to four states and counting.