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#TeamTrees -

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#TeamTrees

In May 2019, somebody commented on Reddit that Mr. Beast, a famous YouTuber, should plant 20 million trees to celebrate hitting the 20M subscriber milestone. After this comment went viral, Mr. Beast finally addressed it on October 25 in a video, saying that he was banding with the YouTube community, including a few famous YouTubers. 

So, they struck a deal with The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to planting trees started in 1872, that each dollar that would be donated to Team Trees they would plant one tree. It is difficult to plant 20 million trees without help, so the Arbor Day Foundation has teamed up with a company called DroneSeed to help accomplish this task. 

DroneSeed is a company that has found a creative way to use technology to help us with our climate crisis. The make large drones that are able to drop seeds and help plant forests six times faster than a human planter. They will plant trees all around the world, in burned forestlands and barren wastelands. 

In recent years the problems of the climate crisis have increased. According to NASA, the planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1800s. Most of global warming occurred in the past 35 years. Five of the warmest years on record have taken place since 2010. Global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century. The rate of sea-level rise in the last two decades is nearly double the rate of the last century. Soon, cities will be underwater, including most of Florida and the Bay Area. 

Even the YouTubers who are on Team Trees acknowledge that this won’t solve the climate crisis by itself. The actual impact will be relatively small. Planting 20 million trees will replace the equivalent of 95 thousand cars. That only makes a tiny dent in carbon dioxide emissions. With our current global greenhouse emissions, we will need to plant a trillion trees and eliminate most current natural ecosystems to make room for the trees. So the solution isn’t only to plant more trees but to reduce our carbon emissions. Mr. Gin, a Biology teacher at San Mateo High School said, “In terms of impact, I would say reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; I think it’s minimal, but I think this is actually just a way to change the perception of what we can do.”

As well as causing global warming and climate change, carbon emissions can lead to bigger problems. For example, greenhouse gases can lead to more premature deaths. The increased carbon in the air is detrimental to our health. Our carbon imprint leads to global warming, which leads to more droughts and other interferences with the growing season, which leads to an increase of malnutrition worldwide. Our carbon imprint causes temperatures to rise, which melts glaciers, which leads to the seal level rising.

The answer is not only to plant more trees but reduce your carbon footprint and carbon emissions in general. There are a few ways that you can do this. You can eat less meat, use air conditioning less, turn off devices when you aren’t using them, and use less hot water. 

The goal of this fundraiser isn’t to solve the climate crisis, but to make the world aware of it. So donate to Team Trees, make your friends and family aware of climate change so they can do their part, and help save the world.

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