Jack’s Climate Story




Philadelphia, PA

How are you sensing climate change?

When I was a kid, the only redeemable thing about winters in Philadelphia was snow. Or, more specifically, snow days. Where once or twice a year, eight inches or more dumped down on our backyard and on the roads, leaving buses incapable of travel and school to be canceled. My brother and I looked forward to those days more than any other, maybe even more than summer vacation. We’d go to sleep all anxious, not knowing if the next day meant the torture of classrooms or the sweet, sweet freedom of the snow-covered hills behind our house. And waking up to pull the curtain off and find the mounds of snow barely clinging on to the edge of the roof was the perfect start to the day. We’d spend the day sledding outside, building snowmen — complete with carrot nose — constructing forts inside the house out of dining room chairs, and copious amounts of hot chocolate. This winter has robbed other children of the same experiences I loved as a child. I can count on one hand the amount of days the temperature has dropped below 40 degrees. Snow hasn’t accumulated more than an inch on the rare occasions when it does. Yes, there have been plenty of winters without snow. But the warmth is new. And it’s terrifying. I used to run outside as a kid and be excited at 50 degree weather when it finally came around in April. Now it’s a regular occurrence in January. I sincerely wish that all of the kids in the Philly area can build those same snow day forts that I was able to do as a kid. And, of course, that mean there needs to be snow.


Northeastern Region



Philadelphia, PA, USA

Mailey’s Story

I try to gather a sense of climate change through memory.

KJ’s Story

Climate change makes me worried about our animals and species on earth and how long they have left.

Jennifer’s Story

I am sensing climate change through the increase in extreme weather.

Ninon’s Story

In my audio recording, I speak about my experience growing up competitively skiing.

Warren’s Story

Cape Town is usually very rainy but a few years ago they experienced intense water shortages.

Brandon’s Story

In my hometown of Beaver, PA, coal and steel production was historically extremely important sectors of employment.

Christian’s Story

They make me feel sad and upset that local leaders are so glib about impending threat.

Aaron’s Story

It was depressing to experience a beautiful park for the first time and see how fragile the ecosystem is.

Colton’s Story

While there, I learned about how these farmers who had lived there for their entire lives were having to adapt their food growth to an increasingly arid climate.

Wren’s Story

My family huddled up in one room with air conditioning and even with it, it was still 80 degrees in there.

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