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You may have noticed the green ribbon many stars wore at the Emmys to signify the need for more climate change awareness. I mean, it's less-so awareness that we need and more-so legislative change. But for the most part, it was an example of multiple stars allying to attempt to bring forth change in one of the hot-button issues of modern times.

This isn't the first time celebrities have done good with the platform they were given. Check out these six times celebrities used their influence for good as it relates to a social issue.

1. Everybody's favorite - "The Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS

Many stars took to social media to get the word out about the ability to donate to ALS, a debilitating illness that benefitted greatly from celebrity and non-celebrity ice bucket videos alike.

2. It Gets Better Project featured several celebrities throughout the course of its efforts to help LGBT youth get through bullying and ridicule from peers

It's a simple message, but the It Gets Better Project, which has tapped into its celebrity network is a resource for any LGBT person who feels alone. Clearly, plenty of LGBT celebrities exist in Hollywood, and to see those people saying they struggled with the same issue - and are now in positions of success - is very powerful.

3. Do Something, another simple message, led by Alexander Wang tapped into celebs too

Many celebs, including Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, The Weeknd, Taraji P. Henson and Kate Mossworked with Alexander Wang to put together an edgy campaign to fight apathy in today's youth. It's a social change movement that doesn't just ask - it demands. Do something!

4. PETA has had multiple celebrity endorsements

If Olivia Munn wants me to boycott the circus, I'm going to boycott the circus. No, but really, tons of celebrities have posed naked for PETA in an effort to help animals get the rights they need and deserve.

5. Stand Up 2 Cancer

In this video, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige and many more perform the hit song 'Just Stand Up.' There are plenty of celebs on-board for the Stand Up 2 Cancer cause, and it's fundraisers like these that actually make a difference in the world.


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