Youth in the Climate Movement

Across the world young people are standing up and demanding a better world and a livable future. Here in Portland there are more and more opportunities for youth to get involved in the climate movement every day. This page shows the different ways young people can get involved and make a difference.

Young people are powerful. When we stand up and make our voices heard, people listen.

Youth Climate Organizations

We are a climate justice, people-powered organization, fighting for a just transition to end the climate crisis. Our Arts Team, our Communications Team, and any of our campaign and action teams are great fits for young people! Find out more and volunteer here.

Sunrise PDX
The local hub of the national Sunrise Movement, focused on building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. They focus on electing politicians who have taken the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge, and on passing the Green New Deal.

YEJA – Youth Environmental Justice Alliance
YEJA develops low-income youth and youth of color leaders through political education, campaign organizing, and skill-building to address issues of Environmental Justice. The leadership program creates a space for marginalized youth to take action on the issues that directly impact them and their communities.

Our Children’s Trust
Based out of Eugene, this national organization is made up of 21 young plaintiffs, suing the federal government to defend the rights of youth and future generations. The case argues that their rights of life, liberty, and property depend on a safe climate, and the U.S. is violating these constitutional rights by knowingly refusing to tackle the climate crisis.

Portland Youth Climate Council (PYCC)
PYCC is a youth powered group made up of PPS students defending our right to a stable climate and sustainable future by shaping policy and advocating for change. Right now they are advocating to get climate justice into the PPS curriculum, and are also working on removing the exemption for industrial and commercial land from the Portland Tree Code.
They meet every Monday from 7-8:30 pm at City Hall. Email if you’d like to get involved at