Hero of the Week: Nick Venner
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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.