Elon Musk Has Just Donated $1 Million To Planting Trees

#TeamTrees, a campaign of YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, aims to plant 20 million trees by 2020. Donaldson is conducting the campaign alongside tree-planting nongovernmental organization Arbor Day Foundation in honor of hitting the 20 million subscriber milestone on YouTube. The campaign’s website explains that the trees will be “planted in a variety of forests on public and private lands in areas of great need.”

A single tree is committed to the cause for every dollar donated. This means that the million dollars Elon Musk has promised to contribute to the cause amounts to essentially 1 million more trees for the world.

(3,000 Trees Were Just Planted In The Nueva Ecija Watershed)

The Tesla CEO made the promise on what seems to be his favorite social media platform, Twitter. He simply replied to a tweet by Donaldson announcing that the campaign has already planted 6 million trees, asking “where are the trees being planted and what kind of trees?” After being linked to the campaign’s website Musk flippantly donated 1 million dollars by tweeting: “Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees”.

Donaldson later replied to Musk, calling him “Treelon Musk” in gratitude — which Musk liked so much, he took on as his new Twitter persona. Not only did he change his Twitter name, but he also uploaded a photo of a forest as his new profile picture and cheekily tweeted “For Treebeard”.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also donated $150,000 to the cause, while YouTube has said they will match the next $1 million donated. YouTubers Mark Rober and Jeffree Star have donated $50,000 each with EDM musician Alan Walker donating $100,001. The campaign has reached a total of $8 million as of Wednesday night.

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