#TeamSeas the follow up of #TeamTrees

Sam Erickson, Reporter

They are back at it again! The founders of Team Trees, the famous YouTubers Mr. Beast, also known as Jimmy Donaldson and Mark Rober, launched Team Seas. 


On October 25, 2019, the two launched a fundraising campaign called Team Trees. The goal of Team Trees is to plant 20 million trees where they are needed. It all started when Mr. Beast’s YouTube channel reached 20 million subscribers back in May of 2019. After teaming up with Mark and five months of planning Team Trees was announced through a series of videos and live streams encouraging people to donate. Not only have Mark and Jimmy advertised the campaign but other YouTubers including Evan and Katelyn, Unspeakable, Pewdiepie, and more. Every dollar donated plants one tree, but the question is who is doing the planting. Team Trees partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees where they are needed all over the globe.     


Over 23,000,000 trees have been planted since the beginning of the fundraiser. The Arbor Day Foundation plants trees all over the world where they are needed. Many places need trees more than others, some of these places are  Nicaragua, Kenya, and  Madagascar. The environment, the planting site’s climate, wildlife, and surrounding area are all a factor when planting new trees. Planting trees that are native to the region is important in order to preserve the environment. If non-native trees were planted it could be a major setback. Planting non-native trees can result in a species becoming invasive and ruin the area’s natural biodiversity. It could also lead to a rapid release of carbon which undermines the effort to mitigate climate change. 


This year Jimmy’s YouTube channel hit 30 Million subscribers and he started a new fundraising campaign, Team Seas. The goal of Team Seas is to raise 30 Million USD to remove 30,000,000 pounds of trash from the oceans. Officially launched on Friday, October 29, 2021, on Mr. Beast and  Mark  Rober‘s YouTube Channels. Team Seas has teamed up with The Ocean Cleanup to keep the project going. A Dutch inventor Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup at the age of 18 in his hometown called Delft, located in the Netherlands.


In September of 2018, The Ocean Cleanup launched system 001, nicknamed WILSON. The system consists of a large boat that pulls a net behind it. This net spans about 600 meters long in a wide “u” shape and 10 ft deep, so sea life can swim under it without getting caught in the net. System 002, nicknamed JENNY has some slight modifications to fix some small problems found with WILSON. The main difference between the two is the collection net. JENNY’S net is 200 meters longer than WILSON’S. Making the net wider requires JENNY to have two boats pulling the system. On October 20th, The Ocean CleanUp announced its success with system 002, kickstarting research of system 003.