Fighting for the Survival of My People

Juliana v. United States  plaintiff Miko, 17, at the rally in Eugene, Oregon, on October 29, 2019 - the day that should have been the first in her trial against the federal government.

Juliana v. United States plaintiff Miko, 17, at the rally in Eugene, Oregon, on October 29, 2019 - the day that should have been the first in her trial against the federal government.

This story is from an interview conducted by Aletta Brady with Our Climate Voices. The full piece can be read on their website here.

I’m Miko. I’m 17 years old and I’m a senior in high school. I’ve lived in Beaverton, Oregon since I was adopted from the Marshall Islands when I was three months old. I fight not only for youth empowerment and representation in the United States, but also for the representation and survival of my people in the Marshall Islands.

During my childhood in Oregon, I was always outdoors with family. I really enjoyed hiking in Multnomah Falls, going to parks and lakes, and camping. I really enjoyed looking at the beautiful bodies of water in Oregon, playing in the water, and kayaking or canoeing with my family. That’s what I like the most about Oregon—the trees and the water.

We already see the effects of climate change here. It has been getting significantly hotter in the summer, and we’re experiencing droughts. That’s significant in Southern Oregon, especially with wildfire season. During the summer, many people can’t go outside because of the wildfire smoke, and because of climate change the amount of wildfires is increasing, preventing people from having fun outside. That’s definitely not a future that I want for my children, or future generations. I want them to be able to experience the outdoors like I did throughout my childhood.

To read the full story, click here.

Caitlin Howard