Earlier this month, stuntman and YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast) reached 20 million subscribers on his channel. To celebrate, he pledged to raise $20 million to plant 20 million trees across the globe. Now, the collaboration between YouTube stars, celebrities, and everyday environment-lovers just got a new partner—Elon Musk.
It’s fitting that the Tesla CEO is joining the crusade to plant more trees considering the eco-friendly nature of his company. Perhaps it’s even more fitting that he changed his Twitter name to “Treelon” after donating one million trees to the project. Musk is never one to let a good bit of comedy slip by. At least this time it’s also doing some good.
In the midst of today’s environmental crisis, more people than ever are looking for ways to help. For some, it means volunteering. Others are in a position to donate money instead. Both are needed if we plan to reverse the damage done to the environment—or at least slow it down.
In response to a Tweet about the project which mentions that funds go directly to the Arbor Day Foundation, Musk said, “Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees.” Each tree costs $1 to plant.
Just like everyone has a different way to help, people have all sorts of reasons for chipping in. While he’s likely just going for an extra bit of comedy, Musk’s $1 million donation came in with the message “For Treebeard.”
He’s already done it ! pic.twitter.com/bR547be77Q
— Jon Hast (@TeslaSono) October 30, 2019
Of course, this is a reference to the beloved “Lord of the Rings” character Treebeard. The Ent is a giant tree-like being known as a “shepherd of the trees.” Admittedly, we could use some Ents to help take care of the trees we have. Instead, the likes of Elon Musk will do it in their honor.
Something is Better Than Nothing
While MrBeast’s #teamtrees project is awesome, it has drawn some criticism. Many cite that planting trees isn’t going to stop climate change. Sadly, they’re not wrong. Studies have shown that even planting billions of trees won’t totally fix the problem. It would still take decades for the trees to mature and start capturing carbon.
However, that’s not what this project is about. Rather, according to MrBeast, “Just to be clear we all realize 20 million trees won’t fix climate change. But at the end of the day 20 million more trees is better then 0! We want to take action because doing nothing is how we got here!”
Hopefully, people will follow the example of Treelon and start finding their own ways to fight back against environmental damages. Anyone who wants to join in and donate to the #teamtrees project can find out more on the organization’s website.