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Elon Musk Donates $1M to #TeamTrees …… the viral tree-planting campaign started by YouTubers

TeamTrees Realtime Progress: Live Tree Count & Donations

#TeamTrees is a fundraiser organised by MrBeast and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 20 million trees before 2020.  Its goal is to plant one tree for every dollar raised.  So far, over $12 million has been donated to Team Trees.

MrBeast explains his mission

James “Jimmy” Donaldson, more commonly known by his online alias MrBeast, is an American YouTuber and philanthropist.

#TeamTrees started in May 2019 when the internet challenged MrBeast to plant 20 million trees to commemorate hitting the 20M subscriber milestone.  This online challenge has raised millions in just a few days as MrBeast banded together with a bunch of other YouTubers and Influencers to spread the campaign message.

Joining forces with the Arbor Day Foundation was a no brainer they are one of the largest and longest-running tree planting NGOs, with 47 years of experience and evoke the same kind of respect as the American Red Cross.

For every dollar donated, one tree is planted in a forest of high need around the globe.  Due to the sheer volume of trees to be planted, they will be planted in a variety of forests on public and private land.  According to reports they will be planted on nearly every continent and will be native to the area they are planted. So far, a whopping 12,579,425 trees have been planted and counting as I type this.

The campaign recently got a major boost and garnered global attention when head of Tesla, Elon Musk donated $1million.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $150,000 and YouTubers Jeffree Star and Alan Walker have also personally donated.

TeamTrees is keen to ensure, it’s doing things properly saying “we’re working with the Arbor Day Foundation to ensure high survivability rates for all the trees planted as part of Team Trees. Sure, you could plant trees faster, but you’d be risking the integrity of this vision.”

It’s important to note that 20 million trees by 2020 isn’t going to cure climate change, but it’s a great step in the right direction and a powerful, positive and constructive way to send a message to the powers that be.

Mark Rober, former NASA engineer turned YouTuber, who is part of the project has acknowledged as much and explains this in one of his recent videos.