Man, it's a hot one.

Summer 2017 is seriously heating up, and climate change is playing a larger role than ever. There's already been a massive heat wave in Arizona, and yet again, we're on track for one of the hottest summers on record. While the weather is different than climate, the changes to our planet are undeniable.

To cope, people took to Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateChangeSummerTips to offer up a few tips — some tongue-in-cheek and some really practical — about our current predicament.

Interested in trying out a few new recipes? You're in luck.

Those long road trips to the beach may be a thing of the past.

Some users are predicting the rules of the road could change too.

Meanwhile, others are on the lookout for the season's hottest fashion.

Jokes aside, there were also a bunch of really helpful tips for your summer adventures.

The hot pavement can be really "ruff" on your dog's paws (I immediately regret that super-cheesy pun).


Keeping your cool can be a lot harder when it's not actually cool.

Sunscreen isn't just for summer. Take care of your skin by adding a bit of SPF to your daily routine year-round.

It's recommended that you use SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. If it's not covered up, it's a good idea to lather up.

You can get sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. So unless zombie chic is your new aesthetic, take precautions!

Keep cool, and be sure to check on elderly friends, family, and neighbors who might not have access to air conditioning during summer heat waves.

While there have been some pretty massive setbacks recently when it comes to fighting climate change, there's still a whole lot you can do to help make a real difference.

But in the meantime, stay cool and take care of our planet. It's the only one we've got.

Former President George W. Bush and current president Donald Trump may both be Republicans but they have contrasting views when it comes to immigration.

Trump has been one of the most anti-immigrant presidents of recent memory. His Administration separated undocumented families at the border, placed bans on travelers from majority-Muslim countries, and he's proudly proclaimed, "Our country is full."

George W. Bush's legacy on immigration is a bit more nuanced. He ended catch-and-release and called for heightened security at the U.S.-Mexico border, but he also championed an immigration bill that created a guest worker program and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.

Unfortunately, that bill did not pass.

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Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

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While that sounds awful, it's important to know that trafficking children in the US is not all of that. I can't say it never is—I don't know. What I do know is most young trafficked children aren't sitting in a basement tied up. They have families, and someone—usually in their family—is trafficking them.

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