Category Archives: Helping the World

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Endangered Emojis

Emojis and real animals have a lot in common – they are all very individual, colourful and entertaining.

However, one of the integral differences between the two is that, unlike real animals, emojis are not at risk of becoming extinct.

WWF have linked the two in an effort to raise awareness via social media and also raise funds.

Watch the video below and learn about all the emojis that are endangered in real life and the way that you can help them.

Have you ever wondered what the most endangered species are?

Top 10 species most at risk

  • Giant panda
  • Mexican wolf
  • Siamese crocodile
  • Brown spider monkey
  • Iberian lynx
  • Amur leopard
  • Pygmy three toed sloths
  • Hainan gibbon
  • Red river giant soft shell turtle
  • Northern white rhinoceros

Learn more by watching the video below.

What do you think is endangering these species the most and why?

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Careers that Help the Environment

Why not pick a career where you can help the environment?

Picking a career path can be difficult. It’s important to focus on what motivates you, what inspires you and what difference you want to see in the world.

Protecting the environment is not only a worthy cause to be in involved in but it can provide you with an incredibly fulfilling and exciting working life. Here is a small selection of the career paths you could take.

Conservation Scientist

Do you dream of spending your life behind a desk? Perhaps not. In an environmental role such as a conservation scientist you’d get the opportunity to travel, be outdoors and have an active, hands-on job role.

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Environmental Scientist

Obviously, an income is a necessary part of any job but if you have a strong moral compass and put the needs of others before yourself then working as an environmental scientist could be just the thing for you.

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Zoologist or Wildlife/ Marine Biologist

It’s not just humans that need looking after. If you love your pet cat imagine the thrill of looking after wild or exotic animals. Studying them, learning from them and making sure they have a safe and enjoyable life. A ground-breaking zoologist or marine biologist could be the job for you.

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Environmental Lawyer

If you’re really passionate about the environment and want to help your peers, maybe you could consider environmental law? Fight the man, whether it’s protecting land, people or animals. Also make sure that those who do impact the environment negatively are held accountable for their actions.

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A lot of environmental work is a breath of fresh air, excuse the pun, as it’s a chance to work for smaller companies whose primary purpose is to help others rather than just make profit.

Personal benefits are important too. A job that has variety, positivity and makes a difference will keep your creative juices flowing. It’ll relax you and make your time spent away from work all the better as well.

So, if you’re looking for a fulfilling and challenging career, help the environment!

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Why Are Bees Being Given Backpacks?

Did you know that one third of the food we eat worldwide relies on pollination by bees?

Without these buzzing bugs, thousands of species of fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants would be at risk. This could lead to global food shortages and big jumps in the price of groceries.

But for some reason, bees are dying out. Each year the earth’s bee population is falling dramatically, putting them in danger of extinction and affecting humans’ food supply. Parasites, weather changes, pollution and loss of their habitat have been blamed for the decline in bee numbers, and scientists across the globe are working to find a solution.

In Australia, researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have come up with an amazing strategy to help the effort – tiny tracking backpacks for bees!

These trackers, which measure only a quarter of a centimetre and weigh just 5.4 milligrams, have been carefully glued to the backs of 15,000 honeybees. They use identification technology to see where bees are going, how far they travel and what their routines are.

The high-tech backpacks also monitor external factors that can cause stress to bees such as extreme weather and pesticides, and how these issues impact bees’ ability to pollinate. This information is sent back to the scientists at the CSIRO, who will use it to work out how best to tackle the problems facing bees.

How you can help bees

  • Plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden to provide nectar for bees. Fewer people grow these sorts of flowers in their gardens these days, and bees are struggling to find food sources.
  • Try to choose honey from local producers to help small-scale producers carry on with their work. They’re essential for keeping up bee populations.
  • Be bee-friendly! Bees only sting when provoked, so if you see one out and about try not to disturb it. Don’t try and swat a bee away if it’s near you, just stay still and it will soon lose interest and buzz away.
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Patrick Speaks

The human body has 5 senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Unfortunately for some people, they are either born without one of the senses or lose them later in life.

Take Patrick for example, a 15-year-old boy from Uganda who was born deaf. The place where he lives is fairly secluded, and there are no schools around for deaf people.

Think back to your childhood and your days growing up, from as far back as you can remember to the present day. Now imagine how difficult it would have been to go through all of that, without being taught any kind of standard communication. Conversations between your friends and family would never have happened. Your only means of communication would have been  limited to a few simple hand gestures. Sadly, this is what life has been like for Patrick.

Things have started to change for Patrick at the age of 15. A man named Raymond Okelo, who is also deaf, is helping Patrick and many others like him learn sign language.

Okelo went through a similar up-bringing to Patrick but eventually learnt sign language. Now he wants to pass on what he has learnt so that other deaf people can overcome their limitations. Watch Patrick’s story in the video above.

Then 10 weeks later…

Source(s): Channel 4

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Explore the World with Google Street View

Tired of the same old view?

Google Street View is constantly expanding. Recently they’ve sent their teams to locations such as the Amazon forest and Mount Everest, so that you can explore these amazing places from the comfort of your home. Here are five places to check out.

Fernando de Noronha

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Fernando de Noronha is made up of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km offshore from the Brazilian coast. The islands got their name from the Portuguese merchant Fernao de Loronha. The main island has an area of 7.1 sq miles and has a population estimated at 2,782. It has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its importance to its environment.

Click here to check it out.

Tengboche Monastery 

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This Buddhist monastery is located in Phortse, a farming village in Nepal. The area came under the influence of Buddhism over 300 years ago. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687ft), it was built in 1916. After it was destroyed by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1934.

Have a look for yourself.

Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a natural light display in the sky. They can be seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Auroras take many visual forms, the most distinct being the curtain-like arcs. They eventually break into separate arcs or rapidly change and can fill the whole sky. The northern lights have had a number of names throughout history. The native Americans and native Canadians called them, “The Dance of the Spirits”; while, in Medieval Europe, the auroras were commonly believed to be a sign from God.

More pictures here.

NASA

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Kennedy Space Centre has been at the center of technology and exploration for fifty years. The exploration of the space centre on Street View is Google’s biggest collection, with a total of 6,000 photos exploring facilities such as the shuttles, firing rooms and launch pads.

Check out the rest here.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Located in the town of Wieliczka in southen Poland, this mine was built in the 13th century and produced table salt until 2007. The salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres (1,073ft) and is over 278 kilometres (178 miles) long. The mine features an underground lake, as well as new exhibits on the history of salt mining.

Click here for more.

Want to explore more places like this?

Check out the awesome game Geoguessr. You’re dropped in the a random place on Google Streetview and have to guess where in the world you are. It’s a lot of fun.

Click here for Geoguessr.

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Obama and Attenborough Talk Nature

Two icons discuss the importance and beauty of the natural world.

Barack Obama is no stranger to an interview. As president of the USA, his opinion is always in demand . Wherever he goes, cameras and microphones seem to follow him around. However, in this unusual scenario, the tables have turned, and it’s Obama asking the questions – to Sir David Attenborough no less.

David Attenborough is a British presenter and naturalist who works primarily with the BBC. His nature documentaries are famous all around the world. He is the only person to have won awards in black and white, colour, HD and 3D. His main work is his Life series, which focuses on earth, animals and plant life.

Watch the interview below.

Growing up in the state of Hawaii, Obama has a great love and respect for nature, and he says we all need to act to save our planet from climate change.

With these iconic figures recognising the dangers of man-made climate change, it’s important to remember that we all need to do our part to save the world. From walking to school to recycling, every little contribution helps!

Source(s): The White House

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Pencils of Promise

Making a difference by building schools. Be inspired.

Pencils of Promise, or PoP for short, is a fantastic non-profit organisation that builds schools and gives opportunities for education in developing countries.

Founded by Adam Braun in October 2008, the charity works in Guatemala, Laos, Nicaragua and Ghana. Since then, the organisation has distributed 1,047 scholarships, built 304 schools and supported 182 teachers. There programme WASH teaches kids about water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as providing facilities for over 5,000 students.

The name Pencils of Promise comes from an incident in India when Braun was visiting. When he asked a poor child in the street what he wanted most of all, the boy answered “a pencil”.

To help you get a clearer understanding of their goals and visions they have lots of inspiring videos over on their Youtube channel.

Pencils of Promise also have support from a few celebrities. Back in 2012 Justin Bieber donated $10,000 to Pencils of Promise. Magnum Ice Cream held a competition where fans were asked to vote between musicians Bieber, Usher, Jordin Sparks and Nelly Furtado. The musician with the most votes could donate the money to the charity of their choice. Justin Bieber emerged victorious and generously split the $20,000 reward between Pencils of Promise and Make a Wish Foundation.

Source(s): Pencils of Promise

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Miracle Machine Could Save Lives

Bill Gates has developed a fantastic invention that turns sewage into drinking water.

Not only does this machine look really impressive, it could help supply water to millions of people who currently have no access to safe drinking water, saving millions of lives. It is called the Janicki Omniprocessor, and it turns sewage sludge into drinking water and electricity. The machine is named after its founder, Peter Janicki.

It works by drying sewage waste (sludge) and then burning it. This creates steam that powers an engine, generating electricity. While this is happening, the water removed from the sewage is filtered and cleansed, producing safe drinking water.

This invention could have a huge impact across the world, providing millions of people with access to clean water.

 

Facts to make you think:

  • 748 million people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water. This works out as approximately one in ten people around the world.
  • Over 500,000 children die every year from illnesses directly caused by unsafe drinking water.
  • A running tap wastes 6 litres of water per minute.
  • Australia is the highest user of water per capita in the world.
  • Australia wastes more water per head than any other country in the world.

For more information about saving water, check out WaterAid.

Source(s): waterwise, WaterAid, thegatesnotes, helloU

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Where Do Plastic Bottles End Up?

Recycling is an easy way to begin saving the planet!

Unfortunately people often forget to recycle, which isn’t good for the environment, wildlife and… well, it just isn’t good for anyone really.

If plastic isn’t recycled, it can find its way into landfills, where it won’t decompose and could poison the earth, water and wildlife around it. Of course, it also means it isn’t reused. When plastics are recycled, they are washed and then melted down to be used again.

This video follows the story of 3 bottles who share 3 different fates. Two of them are disposed of incorrectly. The last bottle is recycled and disposed of correctly.

Facts about recycling:

  • If we recycle all our newspapers, we could save 250 million trees every year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and back on shop shelves in just 2 months.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be reused over and over.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.
  • 275,000 tonnes of plastic is used each year in the UK. That’s 15 million bottles per day.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to compose.
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Aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

Helping the people of Nepal.

On the 25th of April, Nepal was struck with a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, with an aftershock of 6.6. Within 24 hours Nepal was hit by a second of 6.4.

The immediate global response was very positive, with people of all nationalities sending donations to Nepal. During recent weeks, the media coverage of the earthquake died down and so did the support. But the people of Nepal still need international support.

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What you might not know is that, since 25th of April, there have been over 100 quakes measuring at a magnitude of 4 or higher. These earthquakes are hindering the process of rebuilding.

What’s more is that monsoon season is just around the corner in Nepal. Aid workers and locals are scrambling to build shelter to add extra protection. In Kathmandu, the wettest period stretches from the end of June to the beginning of September, nearly 3 months of heavy thunderstorms and flooding.

Another unbelievable fact that demonstrates the brute force of the earthquakes is that they caused Mount Everest to move 3cm (1.2 inches) towards the southwest. To put that into perspective, during the last ten years, Everest had moved 40cm northeast at a rate of 4cm per year.

Of course, it is the people of Nepal who have suffered the most from the catastrophe. For instance, many young people and children cannot go to school. Since schools have been destroyed, children have no place to study or learn. With nothing to occupy their time there have even been reports that children have taken to chasing leopards and other wildlife. Villages have resorted to burning nearby forests to ward them off.

Source(s): UNICEF

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Young People Who Changed the World

Think you’re too young to change the world? Think again!

Many young people feel like their voices aren’t heard, that adults ignore them and dismiss their points of view out of hand. They feel they are cut off from all avenues of making positive change, simply because of their age.

But this isn’t the case. Throughout history there have been many cases of young people standing up for what they believe in and making a huge difference. Age is not a barrier to making the world a better place. And the good news is that the internet is empowering young people in a way that wasn’t previously possible. The future is looking rosy.

Do you want to change the world?

As part of the Is It Real? campaign, we want to show you that you can make a difference. For some inspiration, check out this short list of extraordinary young people.

 

Malala Yousafzai

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If you are a regular Vivo Edge reader, you will know all about Malala, who topped Vivo’s  Teen of the Year 2014.  Malala is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the only teenager to ever be awarded the prestigious accolade.

Malala received the honour in 2014, two years after she was shot on a bus by a Taliban gunman. Malala was attacked because she was standing up for her right to education in a country where the Taliban had banned girls from going to school. Surviving the attack, Malala became a global icon by continuing to stand up for beliefs. She used this global recognition to extend the reach of her campaign.

 

Louis Braille

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Louis Braille was an exceptional young man. At the age of 15, he created a system of reading and writing for the blind and the visually impaired that was truly revolutionary. The brilliance of his system was largely unrecognised while Braille was still alive and remained unused for many years after his death. Now the system is known as braille and is used around the world today.

In a time where Louis would normally have received a certain amount of neglect for his disability, his parents raised him as best as they could. Thanks largely to their efforts and Louis’ intelligence, Louis excelled at school. The whole world now benefits from his achievements.

 

Samantha Smith

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This young girl from America demonstrates that one person can make a difference. Samantha Smith was 10 years old when Yuri Andropov became leader of the Soviet Union in 1982. Tensions were increasing between America and the Soviet Union, and so was the threat of nuclear war. Smith felt uneasy with all of this, and decided to write a letter about ending the hostilities.

Samantha eventually received a reply from Andropov, and her letter was featured in a popular Soviet magazine. Andropov responded that he wanted nothing but peace between the two countries and also invited Samantha to visit the Soviet Union. She took up his offer and her visit created a lot of publicity. This only strengthened relationships, and helped bring the Cold War to an end.

 

Thandiwe Chama

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Unfortunately, education is not a right that everybody has. In some parts of the world, giving everybody equal access to education is not a priority. One young girl from Zambia decided that this needed to change.

When Thandiwe was 8 years old, her school was shut down as they didn’t have any teachers. She lead 60 of her classmates on a march, to bring attention to the fact that all children should be allowed an education. The march was a success and her whole class was transferred to another school. After this Thandiwe continued to fight for children’s rights to education. Chama’s efforts have earned her an International Children’s Peace Prize.

 

Anne Frank

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To complete this list of intelligent, courageous and inspiring young people, we had to pick Anne Frank. The child who documented the awful oppression of Jewish people under the hard dictatorship of the Nazi party.

Anne Frank remained in hiding for 25 months before being caught by the Nazi’s. During that time, she kept a diary and documented the events up until her capture. She died, aged 15 years old, in March 1945. Her diary, published by her father who survived, has touched the lives of millions of people across the world.

 So, what are you going to do to change the world?

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Change the World Through Kindness

How can you change the world through kindness?

All you have to do is make a list. Write your name at the top first. Then write a name of a friend. Then leave the third one blank. Finally, watch this video, and all will be explained.

Help Yourself

This could be absolutely anything you know will make you happier, from eating your favourite food to watching your favourite TV show.

Help a Friend

This doesn’t have to be your very best friend. It could be a classmate, a teacher, one of your parents, a sibling. It doesn’t have to be the biggest gesture ever either. Even small acts of kindness can bring someone else a substantial amount of joy.

Help a Stranger

This one could be tricky, but very effective. This could be anything from giving a stranger a compliment, giving up your seat on the bus or train, helping someone with heavy bags or anything else you can think of. These things take a little amount of effort but can really make a difference to someone’s mood, including your own. As well as this, if someone was to witness your act of kindness, they might be more inclined to help someone else out.

The joy you can create from just one small act of kindness could really improve someone’s day, and also improve your own.

Source(s): randomactsofkindness

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Amazing Invention Wins Award

What do you get when you cross an exercise bike and a washing machine?

We should all be grateful for what we have in life. It’s no illusion that some people around the world have it a lot harder than most of us do here in Australia. However, when times are tough, it can inspire some incredible acts of brilliance and ingenuity.

Look at the inspirational example set by 14-year-old Remya Jose. When her mother and father both fell ill, Remya had to take on the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings.

Laundry in particular took up a lot of her time. Her family didn’t own a washing machine and couldn’t afford to buy one.

Using a bicycle and a few other parts, Remya invented her own washing machine. The machine is powered manually by riding it like an exercise bike. As well as being good for the environment, Remya’s invention now saves her family money on their electricity bills.

Remya’s invention was so impressive, she earned a national award.

Do you have any good ideas to save your family money or reduce your carbon footprint?

Source(s): ESP Films

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Anzac Day Centenary

On Anzac Day we remember all the soldiers who have died fighting for the Australian and New Zealand armies.

Anzac Day is held annually on April 25th to commemorate the date in 1915 that the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and Allied forces started their fight against the Ottoman Empire on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey. This year it’s the 100 year anniversary.

The main objective was to capture the Ottoman Empire’s capital, Constantinople (now Istanbul), as the Ottoman Empire was a powerful ally of Germany during the First World War. However, the might of the Ottoman forces held back the Allied and Anzac troops for a gruelling and bloody 8 months. Both sides suffered a heavy number of casualties, totalling over 100,000 dead, and a further 220,000 wounded.

There are positives that can be taken from this conflict, however. Anzac Day is a day of great honour and respect. It’s also celebrated in many other countries outside of Australia and New Zealand, such as the UK and Turkey, as an international day of peace.

Here is the first few lines from a speech made by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a key commander of the Ottoman troops at Gallipoli and first President of Turkey, given to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to revisit the Gallipoli battlefields. He said:

“Those heroes that shed their blood

And lost their lives.

You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.

Therefore rest in peace…”

ANZAC Day and other remembrance days like it should not be used to celebrate war, but instead to remember the troops that sacrificed their lives for their country and for freedom.

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4 Acts of Kindness

It’s always cool to be kind!

It’s no mystery that, here at Vivo HQ, we think that kindness is the best.  We can all make the world a better place by being kind to each other.

You should never forget that the smallest of kind gestures can improve someone’s day significantly. You never know what effect your act of kindness will have. The best bit is that sometimes it may take you next to no effort at all, but will hugely impact someone else’s life. You just never know. So, always be kind!

Here are 4 videos that show why it’s cool to be kind. They are sure to brighten up your day.

Biker Helps Man in Wheelchair

Not every act of kindness has to cost lots and take loads of time.

Homeless Man Shares $100

 Even when people have very little, they can still do great things.

Birthday Surprise

Remember that everyone has a birthday and enjoys celebrating it.

Gopro Animal Rescue

It’s not just humans that need help. Sometimes our animal friends need a helping hand too.

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Plant a Tree, Save the World

We need to act now to save the world’s forests.

Plant a Billion Trees is a campaign set up to do exactly what their name suggests. They want to plant a billion trees by 2025, and they need your help!

The campaign is targeted specifically at saving Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, of which only 9% now remains. But, the depletion of the Atlantic Forest doesn’t just affect Brazilians. It affects us all!

The Atlantic Forest is (or was) one of the largest rainforests in the world, and plays an important role in stabilising the world’s climate and fighting against climate change.

What do trees do for us?

  • Give us oxygen
  • Help prevent climate change
  • Protect us from harmful airborne particles
  • Help prevent floods
  • Clean the soil
  • Provide shelter from the sun
  • Are beautiful

And in The Lord of the Rings, the trees end up saving the day.

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Fun fact:

The oldest living tree on planet earth is Old Tjikko (pictured below). The ancient tree can be found in Sweden and is 9,550 years old. To put this into some perspective, back in 7,542 BC, when Old Tjikko first sprouted, Britain was still connected to continental Europe. It wasn’t until the oceans and seas rose in 6,500 BC that Britain became an island.

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Click here to go to the Plant a Billion Trees website. For each dollar they receive, they plant a tree.

Source(s): About.com, Plant A Billion Trees

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Floating Soccer Pitch

These kids from Thailand live in the fishing village of Ko Panyi. They love soccer, but their village is largely built up on stilts above the ocean.

One day, they got so fed up with having nowhere to play that they decided to build their own floating soccer pitch.

Check out this incredible film to see how they did it.

 

Source(s): TMBbrand’s channel

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Welcome to Helping the World!

The world is so BIG, and I am so small.

Welcome to Helping the World – the place to be if you want to make the world a better place!

It’s important that we realise we can all make a difference. The tiniest step can make a big impression, especially if it inspires others to follow in your footsteps.

Be like the hummingbird in the video above. Your impact might well be small at first, but it’s better than sitting back and doing nothing.

Vivo Edge is here to spark your curiosity and get you thinking about what you can do to make the world a little better. We want to let you know what you can do to help. Even if it’s just telling your friends about an awesome charity you read about here on Vivo Edge.

If we all try to be like the hummingbird, then we can make that important difference.

Sometimes your problems will seem like they are insurmountable. Remember to think to yourself, “I will be like a hummingbird!”

Source(s): Dirt The Movie