Heroes

A song you may have heard gives a look at why our planet is worth protecting.

You've probably heard this song 1,000 times. However, when it's mixed with these images, it adds a layer of context you may not have thought about.

A song you may have heard gives a look at why our planet is worth protecting.

"I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And think to myself, 'What a wonderful world.'"

This is the beginning of one of the most recognizable songs in American history. Originally sung by Louis Armstrong, it was written to offer a positive and hopeful look into the future. It talks about babies being born into our world and all the world has to offer them. It offers simple, relatable images of the human experience and the world we live in.

This version is performed by the great David Attenborough, and the absolutely gorgeous shots of nature it features really brings out the theme of this classic song.


I don't know about you, but watching this makes me feel super warm and fuzzy about the amazing planet we live on.

Scientists are not exactly sure, but we think there are about 8.7 million species that share this planet with us. Lots of species go extinct every year for natural reasons, but humans have caused the rate of extinction to increase 1,000 times more than the natural flow of nature.

As we move forward, let's keep reminding ourselves of the role we play in preserving our world for future generations.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.