He came back, ready to clean. But after he walked in, he realized it: There was nothing to clean.

These are sad stories. But they're important stories.

Climate change is happening. It's a big thing that can make us feel like there's not much we can do to help. (That's not true — we can all make a difference.) Sometimes hearing how it affects individual people and families can stir us to action.


People lose everything to storms that are caused or exacerbated by climate change. Imagine things being so bad that you don't want to go back. The state of New York offered to purchase 185 homes from Oakwood Beach residents after Hurricane Sandy. All but two households accepted the offer.

Manitou Springs, Colorado, was hit with terrible wildfires, followed by unprecedented flooding. In 2013, floods damaged 1,800 homes and 900 businesses.

This woman was sitting in her living room when flash floods tore through her home and swept her away. She survived, but her house was destroyed.


Droughts in Durango, Mexico, have caused livestock to die from starvation — there's nothing for the animals to eat because there's not enough water for anything to grow — and people aren't able to farm.

Unfortunately, nobody has to look far to see the devastation caused by climate change. It's not all gloom and doom, though. People are finding ways to thrive under new conditions, and we can all help reduce our environmental impact.

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Sometimes the smallest gesture can turn your entire day around. You find a $5 bill in the pockets of your jeans. There's no traffic on the way home from work. Or by some divine intervention, you get 11 chicken McNuggets in your 10-piece box.

Of course, if you've ever had such a blessing, you know your first thought is, "Must be some sort of mistake."

But do you return the extra McNugget? Nope. You don't even feel an ounce of guilt for it. You dunk it in barbecue sauce and relish it like a gift from the gods.

A former McDonald's employee in Edmonton, Canada let the world know that sometimes an extra McNugget is not a mistake and he's become a viral hero.

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When Iowa Valley Junior-Senior High School principal Janet Behrens observed her students in the cafeteria, she was dismayed to see that they spent more time looking down at their phones than they did looking at and interacting with each other. So last year, she implemented a new policy that's having a big impact.

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Children in middle school can be super shallow when it comes to fashion. To be part of the in-crowd, you have to wear the right shoes and brand-name clothing, and listen to the right music.

The sad thing is that kids that age can be so creative, but they're forced into conformity by their peers.

Some people never escape this developmental phase and spend their entire lives wasting their money on material goods and judging those who do not or can not.

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They say that kids say the darnedest things, and seriously, they do. Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with young children knows that sometimes the things they say can blow your mind.

Since teachers spend more time around little kids than anyone else, they are particularly privy to their profound and hilarious thoughts. That's why NYC kindergarten teacher Alyssa Cowit started collecting kid quotes from teachers around the country and sharing them on her Instagram account, Live from Snack Time, as well as her websiteand other social media channels.

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