Volunteer Spotlight: Nick Huey
By Emma Marvil
Like many young people, 25-year-old Nick Huey agrees with some liberal social issues. “But I agree much more with conservative solutions,” he says. Nick is a volunteer in CCL’s Utah Valley chapter. He’s studying Communications with an emphasis in Advertising at Brigham Young University, and where he started the Climate Change Club on campus.
Nick also began a project called “The Climate Campaign.” He took Utah’s two biggest rival schools (BYU and the U) and teamed them up to show Democrats and Republicans that climate change is a bipartisan issue. Their mission is simple: “The Climate Campaign circumvents the gatekeepers through creative messaging. We don’t just write a letter. We write a thousand letters and deliver them within giant, purple art pieces. We don’t just send a tweet, we conjure up a 24 hour Twitter storm.” You can find more info and check out their website here.
When he’s not busy studying and working for a livable world, he’s spending time with his wife, Adley, and their two children, Paxten and Beckham. “They’re the joy of my life, and the reason that I care so much about our future climate,” Nick says.
How did you get connected to CCL?
I first was introduced to CCL when I went to a climate change event at Utah Valley University and met David Folland, a Salt Lake Chapter leader. Out of everyone who presented, his message of bipartisan solutions reached me the most, so I spoke with him following his brief spiel. He invited me to Washington, D.C., which was mighty forward of him, and I went and lobbied during the summer. I’ve been a complete convert ever since.
What did you like about CCL?
I disagree with the politicization of climate change, so it was refreshing to see an organization dedicated to a middle ground solution (even if most of the members are decidedly liberal). I also think that the Carbon Fee and Dividend is the most effective solution to climate change that I’ve yet seen. In my eyes, it’s a small government, free market solution to the massive issue of climate change. I advocate it to just about anyone who will listen.
I love CCL’s understanding, open approach that allows opposite political parties to inhabit the same space and work on solving something together. I believe that the Republican Party has become largely reactive in recent decades, and I see climate change as an opportunity to become proactive and really propel the world forward, much like our founding fathers did when they founded this great country. I love when other conservatives catch that vision and start working to solve the problem, rather than just denounce everyone else’s suggestions. I want to belong to a party of solvers, not complainers. I think climate change can bring both sides to that space of visionary leadership again.
What keeps you motivated to do this work?
I want to clean up our atmosphere for the sake of my kids. That’s what initially got me going. Little successes and progress along the way are what keep me hopeful and energetic. When we get a news piece published, or pull off an event on campus that gets kids buzzing, or I hear another congressman joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, I get stoked and want to do more.
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Emma Marvil is an intern for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a volunteer with the Atlanta chapter. She recently graduated high school and plans to study environmental science and business at UGA.