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YouTube Influencers Join Forces to Plant 20 Million Trees

When Mr. Beast reached 20 million subscribers, he wanted to do something big to celebrate.


You may not know who "Mr. Beast" is, but apparently over 20 million people do!

The YouTube influencer recently reached a goal that no one else has achieved: getting more than 10 million views on every video he's posted for a year straight. He also just reached 20 million subscribers on his channel, and in true social media fashion, he reached out to his fans to ask how he should celebrate the milestone.

(Source: Mr. Beast YouTube )

By far the most popular answer was to plant some trees, so Mr. Beast (whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson) teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation and pledged to plant 20 million trees to help combat climate change.

While the massive planting project has already started, Donaldson has set up a fundraising campaign to make sure he can reach his goal ($1 plants 1 tree). So far, the #TeamTrees campaign has raked in over $2 million with the help of such high-profile donors as Elon Musk and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

According to the President of the Arbor Day Foundation, Dan Lambe, the project will have a massive impact.

"Planting trees helps the environment in so many ways," Lambe told Inside Edition . "Trees clean the air, clean the water and help to create a habitat for birds and other animals. Trees are critical today and they're helping to remove pollutants from our air and help to improve the quality of life for people across the United States and around the world."

Donaldson set a deadline of January 1, 2020 to meet his goal of planting 20 million trees. And looking at the project's fundraising page, #TeamTrees is already over halfway there.

Mr. Beast (pictured below, right) is keeping his subscribers in the loop by posting new content to his YouTube channel and other social media pages daily. He has already mobilized hundreds of volunteers to plant the seedlings in a state park in Oregon, including fellow YouTube influencer and former NASA mechanical engineer, Mark Rober (pictured below, left).

(Source: @markrober )

People following the campaign, including Lambe, are encouraged by the actions the young entrepreneurs are taking to create meaningful change.

"Young people have a voice. People are paying attention to what you think and they're paying attention to the power of your voice," Lambe said. "This initiative is an example of the positive influence that social media can have on social change."

You can make a donation to the #TeamTrees campaign by clicking here .

Also, be sure to subscribe to Mr. Beast's YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the campaign's progress.

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