Charlie (left) and Jeremy (right) lobbying for a carbon fee and dividend with Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Washington D.C., June 2017. (Photo courtesy of Chris Clark)

You don’t need to be an expert to be a climate activist. You just have to want to make a change. Take a couple of middle schoolers from Portland, Oregon.

Jeremy Clark of Northwest Academy and Charlie Abrams of Sellwood Middle School are both thirteen years old. Charlie says in fourth grade, their concern about global warming made them start brainstorming.

Abrams: “We had ideas, big ideas like outlawing coal and stuff like that.”

But they decided to start with something more manageable.

Abrams: “A blog sounded like the easiest way to start small and make an impact.”

The boys started They write about everything from wind turbines to Trump’s cabinet picks to their own climate-related activities.

They’ve been guests on a popular Portland podcast, and met with elected officials as part of the nonprofit Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Jeremy even testified before the Oregon legislature’s environment committees in support of two bills that aimed to cut the state’s carbon pollution.

Clark: “We’re just trying to make sure that our elected officials hear what we have to say, and hopefully take that into consideration when they’re making decisions regarding climate change.”

Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Daisy Simmons

Daisy Simmons is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in research-driven storytelling. In addition to contributing to Yale Climate Connections since early 2016, she also...