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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.
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, created a bit of controversy during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she called climate change itself “controversial.”
Why This Matters: Judge Barrett many questions with the same refrain — she refused to discuss her “policy” views on questions as obvious as do “poll watchers” who are armed intimidate voters, whether birth control should be decriminalized, or if same-sex marriage should be allowed.
This week we salute Betty Reid Soskin, who at 99 is the nation’s oldest park ranger. She works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, and has since her mid-80s. She began her involvement while the park was still being planned. Betty is Black and worked […]
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