The biggest Youtuber movement in history fights climate change by planting 20 Million trees.
Some of the biggest YouTubers on the planet from a number of genres, have joined forces for the #TeamTrees movement. The goal? To raise 20 million dollars by 2020 to plant 20 Million trees. That gives us just 2 months. At first the goal seems impossible, ridiculous and even laughable. That is, until you realise the influence YouTubers have. Over 1 Billion people visit YouTube every month and the biggest individual YouTuber on Earth ‘PewDiePie’ recently reached 100 Million subscribers, equivalent to 1/75th of the entire Human Race.
The #TeamTrees challenge was launched when YouTuber ‘MrBeast’ reached 20 Million subscribers. MrBeast, a 21-year-old named Jimmy Donaldson, is a challenge YouTuber whose channel has seen astonishing growth after he began giving away large sums of money and prizes to complete strangers as rewards to outrageous challenges. It initially began as a joke when one of MrBeast’s fans suggested he plant 20 million trees to commemorate his impressive audience growth. Explaining why he decided to help plant trees, he said memes about his tree project went viral on social media.
MrBeast’s fundraiser was also coordinated by his friend and former NASA scientist turned YouTube star Mark Rober who was involved in NASA’s Mars rover ‘Curiosity’. He helped launch and spearhead the campaign. The fundraiser has been synergised and a vast array of YouTube channels now feature a ‘donate’ button on their channels to make the process even more convenient.
MrBeast partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to raise the $20 Million by 1st January 2020. The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest non-profit organisation dedicated to planting trees and was founded in 1972. “Our mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees,” Woody Nelson, the vice president of Marketing Communications of the Arbor Day Foundation told Newsweek. “This has been fantastic, just to know this community of young people cares. They are really stepping up to make a donation.”
They launched the #TeamTrees website, where fans and ordinary members of the public can donate $1/£1 for each tree to be planted. With 100% of all donations going directly to the Arbor Day Foundation. Within 48 hours $4 million was raised from fans and other YouTubers, enough to plant 4 million trees to help fight the Climate Crisis.
The two YouTubers have gathered support from their friends and some of the biggest YouTubers on Earth, including but not limited to, The Try Guys, HowToBasic, ASAPscience, FBE, Ted-ed, Slow Mo guys, Minute Earth, Linus Tech Tips, iJustine, Pewdiepie and dozens of others. The ‘#teamtrees’ challenge has been trending for days on Twitter, with thousands of tweets every hour. Elon Musk, the tech Billionaire and CEO of Tesla, Space X and co-founder of PayPal donated $1 million. Alan Walker who is a British-born Norwegian DJ and record producer, best known for his 2015 single ‘Faded’, gave $100,001 to #TeamTrees on Saturday 26th October. Currently $7.9 million has been raised at the time this article is being written, over a quarter of the intended goal, with the aim to reach $20 million by January 1st 2020.
Content creators from all across the internet are working together on this collaboration. Sean William ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLoughlin held a Minecraft stream on his channel, raising $153,000 to plant trees. MrBeast’s original video announcing the initiative has acquired 24 million views and has been hovering at the top of the trending charts since the announcement. His YouTube channel has also begun growing exponentially since the movement, acquiring over 5 Million subscribers in 3 days.
But why should YOU plant trees?
Trees are responsible for sustaining life on Earth and without them we would literally wouldn’t be here. They’re also home to countless species and can even cool down buildings, reducing the need for air conditioning which has the added benefit of conserving energy. A recent study has suggested that planting trees is the single greatest natural thing we can do to combat climate change.
Many have argued that Youth4ClimateChange and Extinction Rebellion do not proactively do much to actually combat climate change, but these criticisms do not apply to the #TeamTrees movement which aims to make a visible change.
It seems that you cannot go onto YouTube at the moment without seeing or hearing about the movement in every little corner, but this uncontroversial and unassailable movement will help contribute to the future of our planet. The movement has been cited as the biggest YouTuber Collab in history and shows that Youtubers can do powerful and amazing things when they come together.
The scientific consensus is unanimous, climate change is happening and it’s happening faster than predicted. You can be part of the solution to save our Planet by donating at Arbor Day or Team Trees or simply by planting trees. This doesn’t just help each of us, this helps all of us.