Being a successful YouTuber takes time. If you’re lucky, you can build a loyal following and can make money from your videos. But have you ever considered the YouTubers that are do-gooders? The ones that open up their channels to foster change and togetherness?
One YouTuber, Mr. Beast, did just that. And surprisingly he wasn’t alone in his mission. Many other YouTube sensations teamed up—650 million subscribers in all—to raise $20 million to fight climate change.
The result? 20 MILLION trees will be planted!
“Jimmy’s videos typically feature “attention-grabbing stunts”. He often makes videos on donating thousands of dollars to Twitch streamers, many of these videos being sponsored.
Donaldson has tried to break glass using a hundred megaphones, watched paint dry for an hour, and unsuccessfully attempted to spin a fidget spinner for a day.”
But some of his stunts are for charity. He’s raised money for homeless shelters, the Veterans Army Wounded Warrior Program, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and more.
Mr.Beast knew raising $2 million could be a challenge, so he called upon his YouTube friends such as, Mark Rober, Rhett & Link, Marshmello, AsapScience, Jeffree Star, Simone Giertz, The Try Guys, for help. Using the hashtag, #TeamTrees, all of these friends will post a video asking subscribers to donate.
But that’s not all! YouTube has offered to pay all transaction fees for donations!
With all this publicity the algorithm could be shattered, flooding tons of tree planting videos to users. Super cool.
How will all these trees be planted?
This isn’t something that will happen overnight but rest assured planning is underway. The first saplings will be rooted in January 2020 and the last by December 2022.
“Most of the trees planted will be native to a variety of state and national forests managed by government agencies.”
But can this kind of effort end climate change?
Not really, but it’s a start.
Mark Rober, a YouTuber and Engineer, mentions this won’t stop it. Rather, it will create awareness. And maybe that will bring about change:
“The point here is to end the decade on a super strong note. It’s a constructive way to send a message to the politicians that it’s freaking time to do something about climate change.
Plus, we just really love trees, so this is like a fist bump to Mother Earth.”
This campaign has only been running a short time and over $10 Million has been donated!