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Here are three reasons that the world didn’t completely suck this week.

Everyone agrees: 2016 has been god-awful. Did we hit our lowest point when the president-elect picked a fight with a private citizen (again) on Twitter?

We’re here to remind you that it’s not all bad:

Activism is alive and well: Writer and activist Shaun King launched his anti-brutality “Injustice Boycott” on Monday — the 61st anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts — in San Francisco, New York, and Standing Rock. King calls for people to divest from banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Rare bipartisan win-win: Illinois just passed a sweeping new clean energy bill that will begin channeling state money toward local green projects (as well as keep nuclear plants open). It was a huge victory for local environmental justice advocates, which advocated for the bill’s $750 million investment in solar programs for low-income communities.

We’re partial to “Greenery”: In lighter news, “global color authority” Pantone picked a hopeful, if somewhat ironic, shade for the official color of 2017. Pantone describes “Greenery” as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew.”

But if Pantone’s ill-fated color pick for 2016 (“Serenity”) is any premonition, the grass may not be greener in the coming months.

We’ll be back next Friday with three more reasons to buck up in the face of global calamity.