31 October 2019 20:44
What is Team Trees? The climate change campaign backed by Tobi Lutke, Susan Wojcicki and Elon Musk Team Trees has received backing from Susan Wojcicki and Elon Musk Youtuber MrBeast has set the goal of planting 20 million trees (MrBeast/Youtube) A tree-planting initiative launched by Youtuber 'MrBeast' has raised millions of dollars just days after launching. The campaign has seen the Youtube community rally around the 21-year-old, with donations also coming from the likes of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. Here's everything you need to know about the viral campaign. What is the initiative and who started it?
MrBeast, real name Jimmy Donaldson, launched the campaign in response to reaching 20 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform. Urged by fans, United States-born Donaldson set the aim of raising enough money to plant 20 million trees. Money raised by the campaign goes to the Arbor Day Foundation, a US non-profit charity dedicated to tree planting. For every dollar raised by the initiative, Arbor Day Foundation will plant a single tree. The planting of trees is seen as a value solution to rising carbon dioxide levels.
On the campaign's official website donors can either leave a public donation or purchase Team Trees merchandise with 100% of money raised going towards the initiative. A live fundraising total can be viewed at teamtrees.org. Who has donated to the campaign? Elon Musk lended weight to the campaign, donating $1 million dollars and changing his Twitter handle to Treelon Musk. The highest donation came from Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke who donated one dollar more than Musk after his compnay reached one million customers. Youtube have also backed the campaign with CEO Susan Wojcicki donating $200,000. Elon Musk donated $1 million to the campaign (Getty Images) MrBeast has also put money towards the campaign donating enough to plant 200,002 trees. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has already backed Team Trees on two occasions, donating a total of $350,000 ES Insider Newsletter The hottest luxury and A List news Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive updates on cool openings and celebrity lifestyle news every week, by email Update newsletter preferences Entrepreneurs have backed it. CEOs have supported it. YouTube stars are also getting behind the idea. An online challenge started by a social media star in May, 'Team Trees' has raised millions in just a few days. But what exactly is #TeamTrees and why is the campaign beginning to pick up traction online? What is #TeamTrees? In May, the YouTuber Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson launched a climate change campaign called #TeamTrees when he hit 20 million online subscribers. Donaldson wanted a way of honouring this milestone and asked his followers for ideas. One responded suggesting he planted one tree for each of his 20 million subscribers - and a movement was born. Mr Beast then teamed up with a group of other YouTubers and the Arbor Day Foundation (a nonprofit organisation dedicated to planting trees) to create the #TeamTrees climate change campaign. The campaign aims to plant 20 million trees by 2020 in a bid to reduce the effects of climate change. For every one dollar donated on the #TeamTrees website, the Ann Arbor foundation will plant one tree. The trees will reportedly be planted on every continent but America, and will be native to the area. Around $100,000 dollars was raised for the Ann Arbor foundation shortly after the website's launch, and so far a whopping 10,476,553 trees have been planted. Why trees? A report by the London iTree Eco Project found recently found that there are over eight million trees in London which are collectively storing approximately 2,367,000 tonnes of carbon. Maintaining a healthy tree population is therefore of utmost importance. Not only do trees absorb carbon and release oxygen through photosynthesis, but once they start to die, the carbon stored within their tissues gets released back into the atmosphere. 'The carbon currently stored in London's urban forest equates to a gigantic sphere of carbon 1.3km in diameter,' the report explained. It added: '[This storage] is an indication of the amount of carbon that could be released if all the trees died'. Who's backing the campaign? The campaign recently started to garner global attention after Tesla chief Elon Musk donated $1 million, while Shopify co-founder Tobi Lütke has donated $1,000,001. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $150,000 and YouTubers Jeffree Star and Alan Walker have donated $50,000 and $100,000 respectively. For the trees, for the good of mankind, and for comedy. Recently, it has been Tobi Lutke - or Tobias Lütke, rather - raising a few laughs. In a good way, of course! Tobi is a Canadian businessman who made his fortunes as the founder and CEO of Shopify, which is a multinational e-commerce company which caters to online retailers for their many needs, from marketing to shipping etc. Essentially, it makes launching an online store far easier. The 39-year-old has been involved in other ventures too, including Active Merchant, an open-source library. He's achieved a great deal across his staggering career, but how much is he actually worth? Toronto, Canada - 22 May 2019; Tobias Lütke, CEO, Shopify, on Centre Stage during day two of Collision 2019 at Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada. Tobi Lutke: Net worth As highlighted by Forbes, Tobi Lutke has a net worth of $2.8 billion - wow! The same source notes that he actually grew up in Germany, and while there, he had learned code by the age of twelve. With big things ahead, it may come as a surprise to some that he left school behind at the age of sixteen. Not that the learning stopped there though, evidently. After a short-lived venture with a friend, he got started on crafting an e-commerce platform, and the brainwave led to Shopify. What's the impact of over one million businesses built on Shopify? pic.twitter.com/jird3Dvw7U — Shopify (@Shopify) October 30, 2019 Team Trees stirs hilarious rivalry! As noted by Evening Standard, there is currently a movement receiving great attention online called Team Trees. It came about in May 2019 when popular YouTuber Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson decided to celebrate hitting twenty million subscribers in a rather unconventional fashion. Rather than uploading a bland thank you video, he launched a campaign called Team Trees. Once the suggestion was made that he should plant a tree for every one of his twenty million subscribers, a staggering target was locked in. Since then, many powerful figures have come to donate, with Elon Musk showering the movement with $1 million. However, Tobi soon came along to outdo the tech entrepreneur, donating just one dollar more, making his offering the greatest so far. #TeamTrees pic.twitter.com/f0KOaxW7Um — Tobi Lorax (@tobi) October 30, 2019 A number of spectators have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts and funny comments. One tweeted: "Elon Musk: I'm the greatest... Tobi Lutke: Hold my trees," while another added: "@elonmusk Tobi Lutke has taken the Wooden Throne from your grasps, by one tree!" Praising the movement, one fan wrote: "This initiative is so cool! Nice to see @elonmusk and Tobi Lutke battling for the high-score. Consider helping #TeamTrees getting some more trees planted!" Humorously, this Twitter user weighed in: "@elonmusk gotta one-up Mr. Tobi Lutke now. Mr. Musk, $1,000,002 for trees and space!" We imagine someone may come along with a dollar extra to knock Tobi off the top spot. In other news, Prank Encounters has fans suspicious.