Tired of hearing how humans have destroyed the planet? You're in for a surprise with this clip.

"You're destroying the planet!"

"Humanity has ruined the Earth."

Sooner or later, we humans all probably heard about what *we* have been doing wrong for the environment.

While there *are* many things humans need to fix about the environment, mentally flogging ourselves isn't helpful either. And, sometimes, we need to acknowledge the good so that we can have the drive to keep making things better.

"But wait," you might be asking. "What HAVE we even done better?"

Here's what humanity did in 2014:

1. Put pressure on Lego to end its partnership with Shell


Shell was drilling a lot in the Arctic and hurting it, and Lego was helping to promote Shell. Now they are not, and everything is awesome again.

2. Got many big companies, like Colgate and Nestle, to promise to buy ethical palm oil

Many companies acquire palm oil that literally displaces people from their homes. Companies agreeing to get palm oil that won't screw up people's lives is wonderful news.

3. Convinced Oriental & Pacific to stop its harmful tuna-catching practices

This means fewer sharks, turtles, and other marine animals being strangled by nets.

4. Showed up for polar bears (and the Arctic)

Polar bears need Arctic ice to survive. Drilling in the Arctic messes with their livelihood. If they have no ice, they have nowhere to sleep or rest, among other things! Fortunately, 6 million people have signed up to put a stop to this.

And so, so, so much more. Watch this video to find out what.

Note: While I understand it's important to not simply pat ourselves on the back and leave it at that, I value the importance to realizing how far we've come and how easily we can become the solution instead of the damage.

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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.