Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that could save the oceans, they’re the kind of stories that give you hope for the future of society. This year we saw stories about a kayak instructor who built his own woodland home for just $11,000 and a round-up of DIY homes that anyone can build on the cheap. Hamburg announced plans to become car-free in the near future and a group of 16-year old girls from Ireland showed the world how to improve crop yields. Check out the stories and tell us which one inspires you most.

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