We share everything on social media. Why not use your social power to make a difference?
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We share so much happiness on social media.

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Whether it's a birthday, a wedding, or a graduation, we've always got the camera ready to shoot pics and video for an epic Snapchat or Instagram story. We like, comment on and share the successes of others. And we love to share what matters most to us.


That's just how we're wired. Research even suggests that sharing our best moments gives our brain a hit of the "good feeling" chemical, dopamine.  It makes us feel closer to our loved ones, even when we can't be there for their happiest times in person.

Now imagine what we could achieve if we harnessed all that good energy and used it to regularly share posts on the social good projects we care about.

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As we've seen time and time again, Facebook and Twitter aren't just sites for sharing memories — they're also a great way to get information out about the causes we believe in. What's more, we can use our social feeds to let our friends, families and co-workers know how they can support those causes, too.

That's why Johnson & Johnson created CaringCrowd®. It's a new type of crowdfunding platform, where your passion fuels projects that are integral to promoting human health. All you have to do is choose a project that speaks to you, make a pledge to help it reach its funding goal, and share your support on social media. Pretty easy, right?

In a world where crowds and unity have power, CaringCrowd empowers you and everyone you know to make a difference, together. The platform is enabling people to take on everything from the  clean water crisis to mental health stigma.

When you pledge and share, you're not just giving money, you're driving awareness throughout your entire network. Showing that you care can create a small ripple of engagement that can turn into a whole movement.

And that's not just a theory. The power of the crowd has already achieved so much.

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CaringCrowd is working on a multitude of projects that can change the world.  Through pledging and sharing, the platform has made it possible for mothers and grandmothers in Malawi to get the resources they need to raise healthy children. Supporters are working to raise stroke awareness and promote rehabilitation for survivors and their families at The Rocky Mountain Stroke Center. And pledgers are helping Inspire Inc create new workshops that will help 200 foster youth and their families learn how to cope with stress and hard times.

All of these projects were created by people who want to affect positive change and ease suffering. They were created by people who care and aren't afraid to show it. They were created by people exactly like you.

Now it's your turn to show the world the issues you care about.

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While anyone can submit a project on CaringCrowd, they are taking it one step further.  If you submit a one-minute video sharing who you are, what health issue you care about, and why we need to take action now on the site before December 31st, you'll be entered into a competition in which the top three entries will be judged by the crowd at SXSW. The winning clip will be turned into a professionally produced video for CaringCrowd.

You have the power to make the world a better place right now. It starts with your passion, and ends with your ability to rally people behind it.

For more on CaringCrowd and the competition, check out the video below:

What global health cause do you care about?

In our connected world, the power of the crowd can spread a message, create change, and make a difference.

Posted by Upworthy on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Shopping sustainably is increasingly important given the severity of the climate crisis, but sometimes it's hard to know where to turn. Thankfully, Amazon is making it a little easier to browse thousands of products that have one or more of 19 sustainability certifications that help preserve the natural world.

The online retailer recently announced Climate Pledge Friendly, a program to make it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products. To determine the sustainability of a product, the program partnered with third-party certifications, including governmental agencies, nonprofits, and independent labs.

With a selection of items spanning grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and personal electronics, you'll be able to shop more sustainably not just for the holiday season, but throughout the year for your essentials, as well.

You can browse all of the Climate Pledge Friendly products here, labeled with an icon and which certification(s) they meet. To get you on your way to shopping more sustainably, we've rounded up eight of our favorite Climate Pledge Friendly-products that will make great gifts all year long.

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Jack Wolfskin Women's North York Coat

Give the gift of warmth and style with this coat, available in a variety of colors. Sustainability is built into all Jack Wolfskin products and each item comes with a code that lets you trace back to its origins and understand how it was made.

Bluesign: Bluesign products are responsibly manufactured by using safer chemicals and fewer resources, including less energy, in production.


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Amazon All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen)

For the tech-obsessed. This Alexa smart speaker, which comes in a sleek, compact design, lets you voice control your entertainment and your smart home as well as connect with others.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.


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Burt's Bees Family Jammies Matching Holiday Organic Cotton Pajamas

Get into the holiday spirit with these fun matching PJs for the whole family. Perfect for pictures that even Fido can get in on.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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Naturistick 5-Pack Lip Balm Gift Set

With 100% natural ingredients that are gentle on ultra-sensitive lips, this gift is a great gift for the whole family.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.


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Arus Women's GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hooded Full Length Turkish Bathrobe

For those who love to lounge around, this full-length organic cotton bathrobe is the way to go. Available in five different colors, it has comfortable cuffed sleeves, a hood, pockets, and adjustable belt.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Vegetable Based Soap

This luxe soap, made with moisturizing shea butter and scented with verbena, is perfect for the self-care obsessed.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.

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Goodthreads Men's Sweater-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeve Bomber

For the fashionable men in your life, this fashion-forward knit bomber is an excellent choice. The sweater material keeps it cozy and warm, while the bomber jacket-cut, zip front, and rib-trim neck make it look elevated.

Recycled Claim Standard 100: Products with this certification use materials made from at least 95% recycled content.

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All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Make it even easier to access your favorite movies and shows this holiday season. The new Fire TV Stick lets you use your voice to search across apps. Plus it controls the power and volume on your TV, so you'll never need to leave the couch! Except for snacks.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.

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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.