Alan Walker & MrBeast One-Up Each Other's Donations to Team Trees
Earlier this year, YouTube’s favourite stunt philanthropist, MrBeast, reached out to his followers on Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter to ask what he should give to celebrate reaching a whopping 20 million subscribers. His army of fans suggested he plant 20 million trees. The great suggestion hit home for Jimmy Donaldson, AKA MrBeast, as he has built his empire on these types of challenges and charitable acts. As a result, he and his friends teamed up to see how many trees they could plant on their own, reaching 300 in one day. Furthermore, Donaldson teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit conservation organizations dedicated to nurturing and planting trees, to launch the #TeamTrees challenge.
What should I give my 20 millionth subscriber? I was gonna give him 20 million pennies but I procrastinated and I think it’s to late to get them in time.— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) May 23, 2019
Recently, Alan Walker chimed in to praise MrBeast's admirable initiative. He continued by donating over $100,000 for the cause. At a dollar per tree, his donation is going to go a long way. In addition, asking his over 600K Twitter followers to "spread the word and create a different world" will help to significantly draw attention to the organization.
In the spirit of helping our planet, and, of course, a good rivalry, Donaldson saw Walker's generous donation, having beaten him by a sole $1, and retaliated by donating $100,002, taking the leading spot on the donations tracking board. We have to say, we absolutely love to see this type of competition!
Now that the word has started to spread, an incredible 4,996,112 trees, at the time of writing, have been planted. It has also been reported that MrBeast has teamed up with more than 600 YouTubers including Mark Rober, The Slow Mo Guys, and even Marshmello! Other celebrities such as Jeffree Star have also donated and assisted in circulating the cause online to help reach the goal.
"We know that 20 million trees isn’t going to cure climate change," Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and current YouTuber involved in the event, said in a private planning video. “But 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.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is already in the middle of its own tree-planting challenge, with the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2022. In the meantime, we encourage the Flag Fam to donate (link above). We're looking forward to seeing how your actions positively impact everyone's, including your own, futures!