Have you heard of TeamTrees? It is the largest YouTube collaboration to plant 20 million trees around the world. And so far, the team has raised about $2 million in just 12 hours after kicking off its fundraising for the tree-planting spree. These guys are doing something exciting, and here's what you need to know about TeamTrees' goal to make the earth a better place.
TeamTrees is a collaboration between hundreds of content creators on YouTube to plant 20 million trees around the world by January 1, 2020. The campaign was started by MrBeast, a popular YouTuber whose channel has over 25 million subscribers.
Teamtrees is also working with the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501 nonprofit conservation, and education organization founded in 1972. The NGO is joining forces with professional forestry partners such as the U.S. Forest Service, as well as other government agencies and NGOs.
Fundraising to Help Plant 20 Million Trees
To ensure that the team's goal to plant 20 million new trees worldwide is actualized, fundraising is ongoing on its platform. At the moment, $1 can be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation for a tree to be planted. Therefore, a donor can choose to pay for 5, 20, 50, 100 trees, or any other number of trees they will like to help TeamTrees to plant. The donations will also be used to maintain these trees.
TeamTrees Raises About 2 Million Within 12 Hours
On the other hand, a Reddit publication on October 26, 2019, revealed that the TeamTrees project received donations worth over $2 million within 12 hours after its launch. Also, at the time of writing, the TeamTree team raised $2,547,500. The huge contribution within a short period is evidence that other members of the community are also promoting the need for more trees.
What's more, the high turnout of donators can greatly be attributed to the promotion the TeamTrees Project has received. It has been publicized on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and other top social media platforms. Now, The Daily Shitter is also joining this movement; hence, if you are a tree-lover, you can support the cause to grow more trees on the earth.
Donors Show Excitement to Plant More Trees
Comments made of TeamTrees' platform by contributors show that many are excited to be a part of the cause. Some promoters remarked that the earth needs more trees.
For instance, David Hogg, a gun control advocate, said:
"There isn't a lot of good news these days so I thought I would bring up a pretty positive project to plant 20 million trees in the next 2 months with #TeamTrees."
Furthermore, TeamTrees promoters are also encouraging Andrew Yang, a presidential candidate for the U.S. 2020 elections, to join the movement. On April 27, 2019, Yang stated that:
"Looks like planting trees could help matters"
Major Locations Where Trees Will be Planted
According to TeamTrees in its FAQ section, trees will be planted in every continent, "not named Antarctica!". Also, 20 million trees to be planted is a high number, and as such, these trees will be grown in different forests on public and private lands, especially in regions that are in dire need of trees. Further, these forests will be state and national forests that are managed by government agencies.
How the Trees will be Planted
While the planting of the trees has begun, it was scheduled to start from January 2020, to end in December 2022. Over and above that, the Arbor Day Foundation is responsible for planting the trees, and the organization has 42 years of experience in tree planting.
The foundation's motto is "plant the right trees, in the right place, for the right reasons." As such, it emphasizes the need to plant native species where local conditions and forest plans allow.
Environmental Benefits of Tree Planting
A lot of people may wonder why more trees need to be planted, but these trees can offer immense benefits to the ecosystem. For starters, trees help to purify the air by absorbing pollutant gases, including ammonia, nitrogen oxides, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. Reportedly, a mature acre of trees can provide oxygen for 18 people, yearly.
Likewise, trees help to reduce the excess carbon dioxide that has accumulated in the atmosphere. The result? It can help to fight climate change, which is also caused by the Carbon dioxide produced by the fossil fuels we burn. An acre of trees is believed to absorb carbon dioxide that is equivalent to driving a vehicle for 26,000 miles.
You can also be a part of the #TeamTree movement by contributing to the cause. All you have to do is visit TeamTrees' website and select the number of trees you want to plant. In the end, you would've helped TeamTree in its goal to plant 20 million trees before December 2022.