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For most people, addressing climate change can feel hopeless. It's too big, too complex, and relies on too many moving parts.

But one teen is undaunted. When he looks at climate change, he sees an opportunity. This is his story.

Saving the world isn't easy, but this teen may be able to do just that.


Posted by Upworthy on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manny grew up in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants who wanted to give their family the best chance at life.

From an early age, they let him know that he was capable of anything he set his mind to as long as he worked hard and devoted himself to his goals.

He took their lesson to heart.

Manny is determined to do something many of us find it easier to ignore: He wants to combat climate change.

Most of his peers agree that many of the effects of climate change can be averted.

But he's one of the few who is ready to devote his life to tackling the challenge.

He says, "environmental science is the science of the future" because he truly believes that we're capable of making a difference now before it's too late.

He knows the road isn't going to be easy. But he feels a strong sense of urgency.

"Is saving the world easy? It's kind of not. But it's a small price to pay to hopefully make a really big difference for everyone."

With the help of the Live Más scholarship from Taco Bell, Manny now attends MIT, and his continued success will benefit us all. Students like Manny are literally our future. They're capable of changing the world when we give them the support they need to realize their dreams.

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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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