If you’re an avid YouTube user, you would have noticed that around 10 o’clock last Friday night, a bunch of American YouTubers suddenly posted about trees; A campaign started by YouTuber, ‘MrBeast’, to celebrate reaching 20 million subscribers, has become a campaign backed by an entire community of YouTubers. Videos posted included MrBeast, who used his followers’ man-power to plant trees for two days, and Mark Rober, an ex-NASA scientist, who partnered with Drone Seed, a company that uses drones to plant trees in locations too dangerous for human reach. However, after both of their combined efforts, and a combined donation of $250,000, they still wouldn’t be able to reach their goal of 20 million trees by 2020. So, after months of planning, the above-mentioned YouTubers enlisted the help of their community by collaborating with other big YouTubers, such as ‘PewDiePie’, Zach King, and The Try Guys. The community of YouTubers have planned to reach their goal by partnering up with Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit organization, creating a group called, ‘Team Trees’, that plants a tree for each dollar donated.
“What is the importance of planting trees?” You might be wondering; According to the article, “Importance and Value of Trees” by savatree.com, trees greatly contribute to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. Know the disastrous rain that Egypt has recently suffered from? Well, it’s caused by climate change which affects our normal weather. Moreover, according to the article, “The Effects of Climate Change” by NASA, changes will continue through this century and beyond; As temperatures continue to rise, droughts and heat waves will be more constant, sea levels will have risen one to four feet by 2100, the Arctic is more likely to become ice-free, and hurricanes will become stronger and more intense.
Our environment doesn’t only suffer due to a decreasing number of trees, other bad environmental habits affect it as well; Such habits include disposing trash in a non-environmentally friendly way, such as throwing it in the ocean, leading to the disposed trash being eaten by sea creatures, or burning trash, which causes air pollution. In addition to that, constant use of plastic is extremely harmful to the environment as it is very hard to be recycled.
If you’re wondering how you can help, you can visit their website, ‘teamtrees.org’, where you can donate your desired amount using your card, PayPal, or Venmo. On their website, you could also see everyone who donated recently, and those who donated the most; Donor names include MrBeast, Alan Walker, and Jeffree Star. On the other hand, if you’re trying to help more local organizations, there are many startups that you could help; Startups as ‘Greenish’, which spreads awareness nationally, ‘Mobikya’, an upcycling design studio that uses old tires and plastic boxes to create creative decorative pieces, and ‘El Nafeza’, which recycles agricultural wastes as well as providing employment for people with disabilities.