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Elon Musk Pledges $1 Million to Massive Tree Planting Campaign
Elon Musk pledges $1 million to tree planting campaign. His #TeamTree campaign will plant a million trees in 2020 and 2021.

Elon Musk will be planting a million trees under his tree campaign.

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Elon Musk speaks on stage during the Westworld Featured Session during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)

The #TeamTrees campaign actually started in May last year. A YouTuber by the name of MrBeast was asked to plant 20 million trees. He teamed up with Arbor Day Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to “planting and caring for trees.”

MrBeast tweeted about planting 6 million trees. Elon Musk replied to the tweet, asking, “Sounds cool. Where are the trees being planted and what kind of trees?” He responded, “The trees are being planted on every continent except Antarctica and the kind of trees planted depends where they are being planted.”

Sounds cool. Where are the trees being planted & what kind of trees?— Treelon (@elonmusk) October 28, 2019

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Elon Musk speaks onstage at Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! during SXSW at ACL Live on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Diego Donamaria/Getty Images for SXSW)

Musk casually replied, “Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees.” He then changed his Twitter username to Treelon.

Ok, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees— Treelon (@elonmusk) October 29, 2019

Arbor Day Foundation says a £1 will fund one tree. Their statement reads, “It is vitally important to protect, manage and restore forests globally. We are focused on restoration because, according to the National Academy of Sciences, forest restoration has the most global climate mitigation potential compared to all other natural climate solutions.”

“Restoring lands through tree planting is the Arbor Day Foundation’s area of expertise and something they’ve been doing for nearly five decades. There’s no silver bullet for fixing climate change, just silver buckshot, so we should actively pursue many different approaches including both preservation and restoration,” the statement added.

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Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Mark Brake/Getty Images)

YouTube and others have followed Elon Musk in his tree campaign.


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