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They're 60 and have been climbing glaciers for years. They can't anymore — not because of old age.

Glacier-climbing, skiing, and snowboarding might become a thing of the past. Unless we do something.

They're 60 and have been climbing glaciers for years. They can't anymore — not because of old age.

Alpinists are probably some of the coolest people.

Sometimes known as mountaineers, alpinists are people who climb high mountains. It's a hard activity.

Especially if they're climbing ice.


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Whether you're watching them in real life or on TV, what they do is mind-boggling.

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Like, how does that happen? How do they have the guts to climb up a GLACIER??!! Stick an ice pick into the ice and make their way up on something that slippery and that high?

They're probably cooler than Spider-Man. Because they're actually REAL.


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Sadly, snow alpinists are having a really hard time these days.

Learning how to climb a glacier is hard. But what's harder now is finding a glacier to climb in the first place.

Glaciers are slowly melting away — about 95% of them, in fact, according to some studies.

There are a lot of alpinists — some of them around age 60 — who haven't done any studies on glaciers. But they have still noticed this happening.

Too long; didn't watch?

Melting glaciers and snow aren't just affecting glacier alpinists. It's affecting ski resorts — businesses — all around the world, and ordinary people who just want some fun in the snow can't get it.

This is what rising temperatures look like. This is what climate change looks like.

And it's only going to speed up — unless we do something.

First, we must accept that climate change exists and is a problem that affects us — and that we need to take measures to counteract rising global temperatures. How can we do it? Many ways, in fact.

Let's get back a world where the climbing folks of the mountains can continue doing what they love.

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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.