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YouTube Stars Launch Program to Plant 20 Million Trees by 2020

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By Gary Trock

YouTube stars Mark Rober and Jimmy "Mr. Beast" Donaldson kicked off a global program to get 20 million trees planted by next year and they've already soared past the 5 million mark.

It all started after Mr. Beast hit 20 million subs on YouTube and his fans suggested he should plant 20 million trees to celebrate. Beat contacted Rober and the two worked on a plan to team up and bring the planting dream to reality.

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The influencers linked up with Discovery to unveil their movement, titled #TeamTrees.

In order to combat the climate crisis, Rober and Donaldson wanted to get people involved with planting trees and went live with a donation page to allow others to get involved.

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After going live for only 48 hours, the two had raised enough money to plant over 4 million trees.

By Monday afternoon, there had been enough money raised to plant over 5.7 million trees.

Rober, a former NASA engineer, filmed a YouTube video of the group's efforts and even showcased how they may use drones for mass planting of trees from the sky.

More behind-the-scenes footage is available on DiscoveryGO.

Donations can be made to #TeamTrees, where $1 = 1 tree planted.

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