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Nick Venner, an 18-year-old Colorado native, not only loves nature but finds it his moral imperative to protect the trails and forests he cherishes from the ravages of climate change. As a devout catholic, Venner was inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical to fight for the planet, and as a sufferer of asthma, he knows full well that air pollution can dimish the ability of people to hike places like the foothills of the Rockies.
It’s for this reason that Venner decided to become one of 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States — a lawsuit that alleges the government hasn’t done enough to protect the future of young people from climate change. He explained to the National Catholic Reporter that, “Catholic morals really do map really well on the issue of climate change and solutions,”and pointed out that out that Pope Francis often talks about the “climate emergency” in terms of not just worrying about one’s own life, but about the most vulnerable and future generations as well.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor One year after founding the $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has earmarked $1 billion for conservation efforts aimed at protecting 30% of all lands and waters by 2030. The organization stated in a press release that it would prioritize “areas that are important for biodiversity […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In October 2020, Prince William created the EarthShot Prize, a £1 million reward for five innovations that help improve climate and conservation issues. This year, fifteen finalists have been selected. Winners will be chosen from across five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Young people worldwide are feeling chronic stress about the climate crisis, a new study shows. The largest study on young people’s climate anxiety to date surveyed thousands of 16 to 25-year-olds from the UK, Finland, France, US, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. It found that young […]
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