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Elon ‘Treelon’ Musk donates $1 million to plant trees

/ 02:55 PM October 31, 2019

Elon Musk. Image: AFP/Mark Ralston

The remaining months of 2019 already seem a little fresher as millions of trees have been and are being planted all over the globe in a bid to save the planet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated $1,000,000 while Shopify CEO Tobias “Tobi” Lutke also donated a million (and a dollar more) to the Arbor Day Foundation through TeamTrees, which promises to plant one tree for each dollar received from donations. Musk’s donation was dated Oct. 30, matched the following day by Lutke.

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The top donators of TeamTrees. Image: Screenshot from teamtrees.org

TeamTrees, an initiative of American YouTube vlogger Jimmy Donaldson (a.k.a. “MrBeast”), is dedicated to planting 20 million trees by Jan. 1, 2020. The trees are being planted “in a forest of high need” around the globe, according to its website.

Musk came across Donaldson’s advocacy on Twitter last Tuesday, Oct. 29, where he inquired about the tree-planting initiative.

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“Sounds cool. Where are the trees being planted and what kind of trees?” Elon replied to the internet celebrity’s tweet celebrating the then-six million trees planted by the organization.

A total of 10,233,947 trees have been supposedly planted through TeamTrees, as of writing.

Another YouTube celebrity, Marques Brownlee, explained to Musk that donations to TeamTrees go directly to the Arbor Day Foundation, which has been a tree-planting NGO for over 40 years now.

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Musk then replied with a simple “Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees.”

The meme-loving billionaire then proceeded to give one of the highest amounts ever donated to the foundation. He has since changed his Twitter name to “Treelon.”

Donaldson started TeamTrees after fans on Reddit asked him back in May to plant 20 million trees for hitting his 20 million subscribers mark.

Other top executives have also joined in the cause. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donated $150,000 while YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki gave $200,000.

The Arbor Day Foundation is still open for donations from everyone through TeamTrees.org. JB

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TOPICS: Advocacy, Arbor Day Foundation, Charity, Elon Musk, Environment, Tesla, trees, Youtube
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