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While most 10-year-olds are playing Minecraft, riding bikes, or watching YouTube videos, Justin Sather is intent on saving the planet. And it all started with a frog blanket when he was a baby.
"He carried it everywhere," Justin's mom tells us. "He had frog everything, even a frog-themed birthday party."
In kindergarten, Justin learned that frogs are an indicator species – animals, plants, or microorganisms used to monitor drastic changes in our environment. With nearly one-third of frog species on the verge of extinction due to pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction, Justin realized that his little amphibian friends had something important to say.
"The frogs are telling us the planet needs our help," says Justin.
While it was his love of frogs that led him to understand how important the species are to our ecosystem, it wasn't until he read the children's book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada that Justin-the-activist was born.
Inspired by the book and with his mother's help, he set out on a mission to raise funds for frog habitats by selling toy frogs in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But it was his frog art which incorporated scientific facts that caught people's attention. Justin's message spread from neighbor to neighbor and through social media; so much so that he was able to raise $2,000 for the non-profit Save The Frogs.
And while many kids might have their 8th birthday party at a laser tag center or a waterslide park, Justin invited his friends to the Ballona wetlands ecological preserve to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.
Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.
Photo courtesy of Justin Sather
At one of her Roots and Shoots youth initiative events, Dr. Goodall was so impressed with Justin's enthusiasm for helping frogs, she challenged the young activist to take it one step further and focus on plastic pollution as well. Justin accepted her challenge and soon after was featured in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane Goodall.
In the following months, Justin learned how to turn fishing line into bracelets, transform plastic bags into doormats, recycle crayons, and shred plastic to make bowls. For him, turning trash into treasure became a thing of magic. He even collected 200 pounds of plastic caps, and transformed this trash into a buddy bench for his school.
Photo courtesy of Justin Sather
On Earth Day 2019, Perise Foran, an environmental science student from Cameroon reached out to Justin asking for help. Justin saw that the streams where Perise lived were overflowing with plastic garbage, and quickly agreed to help his new friend. The two of them started off with a plan to transform the 8,000 plastic bottles Perise collected on a World Litter Run and had been sitting in his yard for over 6 months.
According to Reuters, every minute, a million plastic bottles are bought around the world. And according to PlasticOceans.org, every minute, a full garbage truck's worth of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Upon learning those facts, Justin further strengthened his resolve.
He started asking everyone he was connected to for suggestions on what could be done with Perise's stockpile of bottles. Soon, creative upcycling ideas began pouring in from all around the world. Justin completed the projects with family and friends in the United States, and encouraged Perise to do the same in "parallel" in Cameroon. That's when Justin's Parallel Projects GoFundMe was created. Its aim is to raise awareness about water quality, find creative solutions to the plastic pollution issue, educate people to move away from single-use plastics, and inspire youth to become eco-heroes.
Soon, the Parallel Projects ideas spread to other countries like Kenya, Canada, Tanzania, and Nigeria, resulting in trash transforming into toys, bottle cap art, flower planters, jewelry, and more.
One might think that Justin had his hands full with all these projects… but he didn't stop there.
This summer, Justin's dream of visiting the rare and exotic frogs of Ecuador's Choco Cloud Forest came true with the Reserva Youth Council. Through his land conservation GoFundMe, and with generous donations from the Rainforest Trust, Old Navy, and the public, Justin purchased 30 acres of land which protected habitat for critically endangered species that were at risk from logging and ranching.
Photo courtesy of Justin Sather
Through a separate Reserva Youth Council initiative, Justin's goal now is to collect a million letters from young people like himself to send to world leaders with the aim of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030.
For anyone looking to help the planet Justin suggests to "start off small, take chances, and be brave."
Sportswriter and podcaster Spencer Hall shared a 1994 photo of the Eagles on Twitter Wednesday and it made anyone who lived through the '90s cringe. "Try to find a worse-dressed band than the 1994 edition of the Eagles, it's not possible," he captioned the photo.
The photo looks like the epitome of 1994 mall fashion. It reeks of "Melrose Place," The Gap, and Anchor Bay. What's worse is that it appears as though the 40-somethings in the photo are trying to look like a hip, flannel-wearing grunge band of the time, minus the edge.
try to find a worse-dressed band than the 1994 edition of the Eagles, it's not possible https://t.co/WdsbPJ89G5— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL)1631759760.0
The thing about flannel in 1994 is that you had to buy it used at the Goodwill to show your solidarity with working-class people of the Pacific Northwest. This look is just too off-the-rack to give Glenn Frey and friends any credibility.
Who thought it was a good idea for Frey to rock a leather jacket on top of an open-faced denim shirt? Or for Don Henley to actually wear a henley?
40-50 years old rich dudes trying to dress like Gen X teens of that era. Nah. pic.twitter.com/4qq7vOvjHy
— Turd Ferguson (@Real_Sky_Mirror) September 16, 2021
The tweet sparked off a great photo challenge where people posted shots of bands from the past six decades to compete against the Eagles' uninspired fashion.
The biggest competitor for the Eagles' crown was Rush who had an ill-suited Kimono phase in the '70s.
Rush themselves have disavowed the garments that they wore on the back of the 2112 album. Good for them. I wish the Eagles would show a similar display of humility by condemning their fashion crime against humanity.
Unfortunately, some photos last forever ...Doh! #rush2112… https://t.co/uDrrhyx9Tr— Rush (@Rush)1459547347.0
Eagles weren't the only band with a bad look in the '90s. Color Me Badd, the folks behind the boot-knocking jam of the decade "I Wanna Sex You Up," had some real fashion challenges, too. The band looked like impersonators from other bands. One guy looks like a fake Kenny G. Another guy looks like a George Michael impersonator. Mili or Vanili is in there somewhere. The dude in the overalls looks like he could be in New Kids.
Not a band in the traditional sense, but Color Me Badd must have raided my friends' moms' closets around 1991 or 1992 for this shot. pic.twitter.com/sCAxTBzaik
— applescruff909 (@applescruff909) September 16, 2021
All-4-One had similar fashion challenges but at least they were their own men. Nothing says 1993 like the flannel-hoodie combo jacket.
I swear, All-4-one would give them a run for the title pic.twitter.com/ezmmQcITU7
— Jim Jones (@k00laidIT) September 16, 2021
A few years later, another boy band went all-in on the long jacket craze and the look hasn't aged well.
It's like if Elton John wrote the code for the Matrix. pic.twitter.com/clMxT0PCu7
— Griffin Bennett (@GriffinWB) September 16, 2021
The "Gish"-era Smashing Pumpkins should have been called Rayon Catastrophe.
Smashing Pumpkins pic.twitter.com/2xH0sWMKgl
— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@rewegreatyet) September 16, 2021
The Grateful Dead lost their sense of style when Pigpen passed away in 1973. But Bobby Weir really took the band to a new low in the '80s when he started rocking Daisy Dukes on stage.
Any Dead show where Bobby pulled out the short shorts. pic.twitter.com/okvTba01w2
— Primož inter pares (@ilpomodoro2) September 16, 2021
The hair metal scene in the '80s spawned a million bad looks. But Stryper with their bumble-bee-colored spandex is so terrible it's physically disorienting.
I'm just gonna leave this here…. pic.twitter.com/8ZgJ9Y9pAZ
— ejcmp (@ecarreradelrio) September 16, 2021
Chicago in the '80s provided divorced dads with a lot of fashion options.
not possible you say?
*Chicago circa 1985 bursts thru the wall like the Kool-Aid man* pic.twitter.com/VHEpXBvYHQ
— Attorney@Law (@TheGlare_TM) September 16, 2021
The good ol' boys from Kansas took a turn for the dark in early the 2000s. They look less like a country band and more like a hangman and his recently-assembled posse.
The most recent incarnation of the Brian Wilson-less Beach Boys looks like a group of aging "hip" pastors at a megachurch in Orange County, California.
The Beach Boys current tour photo would like a word. God only knows who thought this looks good. pic.twitter.com/if3z5iV1WW
— BLM (@drunkcritic1977) September 16, 2021
I've never heard of East 17, a '90s UK boy band. But they look like that cast of a 1997 Baz Luhrmann soft reboot of "A Clockwork Orange."
I submit to you British 90s boyband East 17. pic.twitter.com/pz0LLf180E
— Robert Giannotti (@robertgiannotti) September 16, 2021
Bad looks didn't just happen in the past. Imagine Dragons are here to show you that bad band fashion can happen without the benefit of hindsight.
Imagine Dragons pic.twitter.com/Id4wCL0f0c
— the mechanical life vein (@beneprism) September 16, 2021
Maybe the Eagle's fashion sense was just a reflection of their middle-of-the-road musical taste as well?