Climate Champions—Making Your Own Climate Presentation

How to Create a Great Slideshow Presentation on the Climate Crisis

This website was designed so that you can make the best climate change presentation you can. It is not for any specific aspect of climate change but rather a format and consists of  things to consider when making your presentation.


The Medium Matters

Starting off your presentation with a short personal story about how you or someone you might have herd of was affected by climate change. Then ease into the core of your climate change presentation whether it be about climate justice or about how climate change will effect the economy. Conclude the whole presentation with at least a 77 minute question and answer segment.


Fundamentals for Persuasive Writing


  • Greek for “word”
  • Known as a logical appeal or an appeal to reason
  • Uses data to support claim(s)



  • Greek for “character”
  • Focuses on presenters trustworthiness
  • Known as an appeal to character or appeal to credibility



  • Greek word for “experience”
  • Focuses on beliefs and values of audience
  • Appeals to emotions



  • Greek for “opportunity”
  • For a Kairos argument to be successful it needs appropriate tone and structure


What Should be in Your Presentation and Why—Content is Key

The information that you present should pertain to the subject at hand. Throw in a personal story at the beginning of the presentation to appeal to people’s pathos. Listing off facts is not fun to listen to, so try adding in other things like other people’s stories or add in graphs/charts.


Selected Climate Sources for Everyone


Our Children’s Trust: 


About Me

My name is Isaac Vergun, and I am 15 from Beaverton, Oregon. I have been a climate activist for the last third of my life and have presented over 100 climate change presentations since then.


My Presentation to Mayor Denny Doyle and the Beaverton City Council—and Miko and Harriet Cooke Presented Too!

We ran into Dave Waffle before the meeting!

Pam and Isaac with Dave Waffle, Asssistant Director of Finance for the City of Beaverton

Me presenting:

Isaac Speaking at the Beaverton City Council Meeting

Miko giving her great comments and poem:Miko Speaking at the Beaverton City Council Meeting

And Harriet hits us home!Harriet Speaking at the Beaverton City Council Meeting

Part of our support team who made it out tonight: Eliana, Harriet, Gila, Beth. And Pam, my mom.P'nai Or Support Team Group 2 - Eliana, Harriet, Gila, Beth (and Pam)

And the other P’nai Or champ, Gayle—first there after us and last to leave:

P'nai Or Support Team Group 1 - Gayle (and Pam)

And thank you, Mayor Doyle, for being so supportive! (By the way, we clocked it – it was only 6 minutes and 10 seconds, but I heard a rumor it would be okay if I went over 5 since I didn’t make the agenda in time, so I figure that was a whole lot less than 10. :-)) Thank you, Joyce, Patrick O’Claire, Cathy Jansen, and City Attorney Bill Kerby, too, for your help.

Isaac, Mayor Denny Doyle, and Miko after Speaking at the Beaverton City Council Meeting

Join me at the Beaverton City Council Meeting on June 2, 2015 to Present Our Petition

Major News Bulletin:

This Tuesday, June 2, 2015, I will be going to the Beaverton City Council to present our petition for the City of Beaverton to divest from fossil fuels and nuclear power to help save our planet.

Please join me at the City Council meeting if you possibly can to show your support for this work!

What to wear: Climate Change-related shirt if you have one, or a red shirt if you don’t.

Please post a comment of support on my website: especially if you live too far away, like our friend Sarah from West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.

Vancouver, Portland, and other nearby folks—see you there!

Date & Time: Tuesday, 2 June 2015 at 6:00 PM
Location:        The Beaverton Building,
City Council Chambers
12725 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR, 97005

It’s right off the Max tracks, and free parking is on the other side of the tracks from the building.

Map available at the event site:

Getting Signatures

Multicultural Storytelling Concert the Evening of My Bar Mitzvah—by Two of My Teachers!

To end the beautiful Shabbat of my Bar Mitzvah, Saturday evening at P’nai Or at 7:30 join our family for a Storytelling Concert with our beloved Maggidah Devorah and Reb David at P’nai Or before they return to Ashland.

Maggidah Devorah Zaslow

They will weave stories from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist traditions, with true tales of interfaith adventures. Reb David says, “Through music, poetry, and stories our goal is to celebrate both the unique differences and commonalties between many faith traditions.” This funraiser for P’nai Or has a sliding-scale admission ($4-18) and  a reception and book signing to follow, where the Zaslows will sell and autograph their books, and we’ll have tea and juice to enjoy, plus homemade cookies for sale.

Interfaith Stories

Our Rebbe

Rabbi David Zaslow’s book, Jesus: First-Century Rabbi, was awarded the 2015 Book of the Year by the Church-Synagogue Library Association. His is also the author of other books, such as the wonderful Roots and Branches: A Sourcebook for Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity, the Jewishness of Jesus, Replacement Theology, and Anti-Semitism, and some fun children’s books too.

Maggidah Debra Zaslow is an acclaimed storyteller and author who travels nationwide as a performer and workshop leader. She is known for her unique blend of traditional stories with personal narrative. She is the author of Bringing Bubbe Home, A Memoir of Letting Go Through Love and Death.

Reb David and Maggidah Devorah

About My Bar Mitzvah

My Bar Mitzvah is one of the reasons I started this website. What’s a Bar Mitzvah? First a commercial break from our sponsors, Mother Earth and the Great Spirit:

Click here to sign my petition:

Carrying the Torah on a Shabbat Morning in February

Thank you for going to my Bar Mitzvah website. I am becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Friday and Saturday May 8-9, 2015. Bar Mitzvah means “son of the commandments” and a Bat Mitzvah means “daughter of the commandments”. Mitzvah (one) or Mitzvot (many mitzvah:-)) are sometimes translated as commandments, good deeds, an act of human kindness or of repairing the world.

A Bar Mitzvah is a coming of age ceremony where a 13 year old Jewish boy is considered a young adult within the Jewish community and becomes eligible to partake in all of the Jewish activities that are going on, like being part of a minion (counting toward the 10 adults who must traditionally be present to have a community prayer service) or being eligible to read from the Torah. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible or the Elder Scriptures (sometimes called the Old Testament) that is written on a scroll. I will be reading from it for my Bar Mitzvah. There is also a Bat Mitzvah for girls who at 12 or 13 years of age are considered a young adult in the Jewish community. A Bar Mitzvah for me means that I can handle more responsibilities, be held accountable for my mistakes, and can be considered an adult by Jewish standards.

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah project is a project that relates to one of the many mitzvot in the Torah. I am doing a series of related things to help stop Climate Change. My main Mitzvah project is a petition that I created that will give the rationale and ask that the City of Beaverton to divest from fossil and nuclear fuels. I hope that other districts, cities, and eventually the State of Oregon and other regions and organizations will do so as well.

Me and Miko Presenting at Sunnyside Environmental School

Miko and Isaac after speaking at Sunnyside Environmental School's Morning Meeting
On April 24, 2015, I and my sister introduced the campaign to keep Beaverton from investing in fossil fuels and nuclear power and Plant for the Planet to the students, teachers, and parents at Sunnyside Environmental School.
Sunnyside may be the first place to host an Oregon Plant for the Planet Academy.
Check back or follow me for updates – since you don’t have to be connected to Sunnyside to enroll in the Academy (which is free!) or to volunteer as an adult or older teen for it!

Speaking on the Panel for Our Children’s Trust at the Portland EcoFilm Festival

Speaking on the Panel for Our Children's Trust at the Portland EcoFilm Festival

On April 12, 2015, I represented Plant-for-the-Planet in the panel discussion together with Our Children’s Trust and students from Sunnyside Environmental School after the short film, Trust 350, that is about the work Our Children’s Trust is doing.

Trust 350 was a great film. Afterwards, we answered questions about our work.

Here’s an article about the first two days of the festival to give you an idea of what it was like:

Check out the video below of our panel discussion.

Me and Bill McKibben in Vancouver!

This is the talk that Bill McKibben, the great activist, author, and founder of, gave in Vancouver, Washington on July 17, 2013 for over 400 people. I got a chance to ask him a question that day, so be sure to listen to it all and to the end. (I ask my question from 1:25:20.)

For more about that event, see these links:

Want to Join the Contest and Team? Helping me with my Bar Mitzvah Service Project on Climate Change

Working on Climate Change:

Getting the City of Beaverton to Divest from Fossil and Nuclear Fuels


Thank you for thinking about helping me to collect signatures for my petition!

Things to know:

  1. You don’t have to be from Beaverton to help or to sign the petition because what each of us does affects us all and the whole planet’s future.
  2. There will be a potluck party for anyone who collects at least 10 signatures and at the party a gift for the one who collects the most signatures between now and April 10th. (The party will probably April 11th; details to follow.)
  3. You don’t need to be a child or teen to help with this! Everybody can join my team!

How to do it:

1) Facebook, Instagram, text, phone, email, visit, talk to everyone you can think of and ask them to go here to sign the petition—aunts, uncles, friends, whoever:

2) Ask them to email you to let you know they signed it, and then on April 10, email me a list of the people you know who signed. I’ll check them against my petition, and see who the winner is!


Please call me or my mom, Pam, with any questions: 503-645-6642, or email us at Thanks again!

Plant for the Planet

Camps are coming to Oregon soon! Stay tuned for details or better yet, contact us to help!

For more information in the meantime so you can tell all your friends who are about 8-17 years old and their parents, go to:

Isaac Vergun at the United Nations Environmental Programme sponored Plant for the Planet Academy in Seattle

Isaac Vergun at the United Nations Environmental Programme sponored Plant for the Planet Academy in Seattle


“Disruption” — Come see the movie by Sunday night September 6, 2014 at 5:00! It’s free, and very important.

Prepare for the High Holidays—Or Just Take Care of Our Future whatever your background: Helping With Climate Change

5-7:15 pm, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church and P’nai Or Jewish Renewal Congregation, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland Oregon 97219

Climate Change Film Screening – “Disruption,” Potluck, and Discussion following the film (Maggidah Pam Vergun)

P’nai Or Jewish Renewal Congregation and St. Mark Presbyterian is hosting a screening of “Disruption,” the movie about Climate Change by, part of the national premier on the 7th. “Disruption” outlines the current situation and what we can do about it, including joining the upcoming People’s Climate March across the world on September 21. Please join us for this movie that is all too fitting for the month of Elul, a traditional time for Jews to think about what they might have done wrong and how to fix it and not make the mistakes again.

We will begin with a potluck at 5, followed by the movie at 5:30 and an informal, somewhat brief chance to talk about the movie and the upcoming march afterward. Learn more about the movie at: We need everyone. More information can be found at:

Sponsored By:
P’nai Or of Portland