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When Musk publicly disclosed his investment in an SEC 13G filing on April 4, Twitter shares experienced the largest intraday surge since the company’s 2013 IPO. The halfway point came quickly, thanks to some large donations from tech executives. The Arbor Day Foundation says that 100 million trees absorb 8 million tons of carbon over their lifetime, which is the equivalent of taking 6.2 million cars off the road for one year. The trees will also reduce water runoff and filter pollutions and microparticles from the atmosphere. Each one dollar donation is being used to plant one tree somewhere in the world.
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"Let’s try and support each other as well by amplifying each other’s videos, and that will only help interconnect them in the algorithm," Rober said in the unlisted clip. "Our goal is to completely dominate the YouTube trending page." On October 25 at 3 p.m. EDT, Donaldson, Rober and many top tier YouTubers released their videos and completely took over the site. Previous securities filings show that Musk sold Tesla shares worth over $16 billion in the final two months of 2021, with most of the proceeds going to pay an estimated $11 billion US federal tax bill. Donated shares are not subject to capital gains tax and their value could be used as a deduction to help offset the tax bill.
The area currently has some forest cover, but it is in poor condition, which has led to soil depletion and erosion. New trees are needed to reverse those conditions, restore habitat for wildlife, and bring back a beautiful outdoor space for the people of Gaizhou to enjoy. This evolution in the ecosystem will also contribute to promoting social stability and sustainable economic development.
MrBeast responded that the type of tree depends on where it goes, and they will plant the trees on every continent except Antarctica. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk joined MrBeast’s #TeamTrees movement to plant 20 billion trees by donating $1 million for Team Trees to plant 1 million trees. Elon Musk’s Team Trees donation is the highest so far among other celebrity and YouTuber donors including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, DJ Alan Walker, MrBeast, Mark Rober, Jeffree Star, jacksepticeye, Jaiden Animations, and many others. According to the Team Trees website, over 8 million trees have been planted so far.
Wildfires, bark beetles, and root disease have created widespread tree mortality in Montana’s Kootenai and Flathead National Forests. This project is replanting the area with trees species that are resistant to all three of those issues. In doing so, it will restore critical wildlife habitat and ensure the forests are more resilient for the years ahead.
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The S&P 500 index has been hitting resistance after gaining nearly 17% from its mid-June low, and focus lately has turned to whether recent gains for equities could quickly fizzle, confirming a bear-market bounce. A poorly performing market hasn’t stopped select billionaires from putting their money to work in four phenomenal growth stocks. Mr. Musk’s other disclosed philanthropic efforts include millions in gifts to Texas municipalities and a $100 million prize for developing technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the air. On October 29, 2021, YouTuber Mrbeast created TeamSeas where every dollar removes a pound of plastic from the ocean. My Petition’s goal is to make Elon Musk donate a few million dollars or more to TeamSeas, to help stop the damage we are doing.
Planting the original 20M trees began in January of 2020 and is on track to be completed, as planned, by December 2022. We treat your donation with the utmost respect, so we’re working with Arbor Day Foundation to ensure high survivability rates for all the trees planted as part of #TeamTrees. Sure, you could plant trees faster, but you’d be risking the integrity of the vision and the survivability of the trees. While France currently has the fourth-largest forested area in Europe, the rate of reforestation has dramatically slowed since the 1990s. In order to meet the challenges of climate change, natural disasters, and disease, reforestation is imperative.
After two more failed attempts that nearly caused Musk and his companies to bankrupt, SpaceX succeeded in launching the Falcon 1 into orbit in 2008. In 2012, the Dragon vehicle berthed with the ISS, a first for a private enterprise. Musk credited the NASA award, one of the last actions by Mike Griffin as NASA Administrator, for saving the company. In early 2001, Musk became involved with the nonprofit Mars Society and discussed funding plans to place a growth-chamber for plants on Mars. In October the same year, he traveled to Moscow with Jim Cantrell and Adeo Ressi to buy refurbished intercontinental ballistic missiles that could send the greenhouse payloads into space. He met with companies NPO Lavochkin and Kosmotras; however, Musk was seen as a novice and the group returned to the United States empty-handed.
Nelson credited the success of the campaign to YouTubers, starting with Donaldson, who personally messaged content creators he knew — many from his YouTuber Battle Royale, Duchscher said — to explain the initiative and get them on board. What started as a meme is now an international movement toward reforestation. "If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it," Musk wrote on Twitter in October. Musk, the world’s richest man, was challenged last year by the director of the UN World Food Programme to make a donation that would help solve world hunger. If you want to aggregate multiple donations we recommend creating a Team during the donation checkout process. While aggregate donations aren’t displayed on the current ‘Most Trees’ leaderboard, Team totals are visible using Donor Search.
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Since the first Industrial Revolution humans have produced 205 gigatons of carbon. Trees help to absorb CO2 and carbon dioxide emissions, cleaning the air we breathe and helping to sustain life on our planet — and not just for humans. It has been estimated that planting 20 million trees will cancel out the emissions of around 95,000 cars. A total of 180 km2 (69 sq. mi) of land around the world will benefit from the arrival of these new trees. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey contributed $150,000, while music producer Alan Walker contributed $100,001.
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Mr. Musk donated just over five million shares in November, according to the filing. Based on the average price of Tesla shares on the days he sold, that is worth roughly $5.7 billion. That would make him the second-biggest donor last year, behind only Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and their $15 billion in giving, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Partnering with non-profit tree-planting organisation Arbor Day Foundation, he pledged to get to $20 million (£15 million) with a tree being planted for every $1 (£0.77) raised. The money goes toward the Arbor Day Foundation’s efforts to plant trees where they’re needed most. “OK, sounds legit, will donate 1M trees,” Musk wrote in response to a tweet about the project.
It’s not clear if Musk or Bezos have seen the plan and will ultimately decide to lend their support. A representative for Bezos, Angela Landers, declined to comment on the WFP’s proposal but pointed to other philanthropic donations Bezos has made to combating hunger. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s hunger crisis was already exacerbated by climate change and conflict.
Musk told the YouTuber he would make the donation on Twitter after some nudging by Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee, who has interviewed Musk in the past and is an avid Tesla fan. Musk initially showed interest yesterday, asking on Twitter about the type of trees being planted as part of MrBeast’s fundraising effort. MrBeast responded that the trees are being planted on every continent save Antarctica; the type of tree depends on where it goes. In May 2022, an Insider article alleged that Musk engaged in sexual misconduct with a SpaceX flight attendant in a private jet in 2016. Musk responded, "If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light". He accused the article from Business Insider of being a "politically motivated hit piece".
The goal is to engage local landowners in the benefits of tree planting and agroforestry and create new woodland in one of the least-forested regions in Europe. It’s part of a wider strategy to mitigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earlier this year, a group of researchers said that a global reforestation effort, on 1.7 billion hectares of currently-unused land, could trap up to 25 percent of the CO2 in the current atmospheric pool. A total of around 1 trillion trees would need to be planted in short order, without encroaching on land used to graze cattle or grow crops.
Cohn said that the big celebrity donations have inspired young people to give at a rate that they’ve never seen before. "This is just another fact of this generation seeing the importance of getting trees in the ground to help the future of the earth," he said. This year, he promised to donate $30 million to Brownsville, Texas, the city nearest to a massive rocket hub run by his company SpaceX, and local schools. In a tweet last night, Musk asked YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee which trees would be planted and where. The overall goal is to raise enough money to plant 20 million trees by the year 2020, though raising awareness of the Foundation is obviously an added bonus.
One forest ecologist, Simon Lewis, suggested that the authors of the July study had overestimated how much of our CO2 emissions trees could absorb by a factor of two. Forests’ carbon-sequestering capacity varies significantly between regions, environments, and climates. But many scientists — so many, in fact, that Science wound up publishing six letters of critique — took issue with these calculations, saying that they overstated trees’ carbon-sequestering potential. The #TeamTrees website says "forest restoration has the most global climate mitigation potential compared to all other natural climate solutions." If you would like more information about the campaign backed by Elon Musk, you can view the announcement video below or visit TeamTrees.org to pledge your own donation.
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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has alleged that Neuralink’s animal trials have violated the Animal Welfare Act. In 2022, Neuralink announced that clinical trials would begin by the end of the year. In 2016, Musk co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology startup company with an investment of $100 million.
Indeed, they all too often get in the way of doing what is right, and of our becoming better, more virtuous people through the cultivation of our character and the actual help we provide to others. "It is not material possessions, fame, or power that count in life. Indeed, they all too often get in the way of doing what is right, and of our becoming better, more virtuous people." When Musk floated the ‘submarine’ idea on that highly technical platform for engineering and rescue operations discussions known as Twitter, he got widespread media coverage and lots of encouragement from his 22 million fans. The United Nations’ World Food Programme has responded to Tesla founder Elon Musk’s ask for a plan to tackle world hunger with a US$6.6-billion pitch.
Even though the fund was set up less than a month ago, the fundraiser has rallied over $20 million in donations, which is certainly enough to keep plenty of doors open. Billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who bought the flight with SpaceX and announced the mission would raise funds for St. Jude’s, donated $100 million to the cause. The initiative targets raising $20 million for the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 20 million native trees in various forests of “high need” at a cost of $1 each.
Yet another problem is that the world isn’t heading in a forest-friendly direction. About 15 million trees are cut down globally each year, and the world has lost 46% of all trees since the beginning of human civilization, according to a2015 study. "The claim that global tree restoration is our most effective climate-change solution is simply incorrect scientifically and dangerously misleading," a group of scientists wrote. The YouTube influencer MrBeast has decided to plant 20 million trees starting in 2020 to celebrate gaining 20 million followers.
Richard Stanton, leader of the international rescue diving team, urged Musk to facilitate the construction of the vehicle as a back-up, in case flooding worsened. Engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Company built the mini-submarine from a Falcon 9 liquid oxygen transfer tube in eight hours and personally delivered it to Thailand. By this time, however, eight of the 12 children had already been rescued using full face masks and oxygen under anesthesia; consequently Thai authorities declined to use the submarine. Musk was later one of the 187 people who received various honors conferred by the King of Thailand in March 2019 for involvement in the rescue effort, e.g. the Order of the Direkgunabhorn. In 2013, Musk announced plans for a version of a vactrain—a vacuum tube train—and assigned a dozen engineers from SpaceX and Tesla to establish the conceptual foundations and create initial designs. The alpha design for the system was published in a whitepaper posted to the Tesla and SpaceX blogs.
He runs multiple companies, including SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. Meanwhile, the oceans are being polluted, with 17.6 billion tons of plastic and garbage being dumped into the ocean every year. But filings show Musk also gave $50,000 to a joint fundraising committee run by his friend House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
The donated shares were worth $5.7 billion based on the average of the highest and lowest quoted price on the date of the transaction. London Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated roughly $5.7 billion worth of the electric carmaker’s shares to charity. Trees are a proven natural climate solution, but we need to stick to the science and attack the problem from many angles at once. The Arbor Day Foundation always emphasizes planting native species where local conditions and forest plans allow. Their motto is to plant the right trees, in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons.
The startup was one of the first federally insured online banks, and, in its initial months of operation, over 200,000 customers joined the service. The company’s investors regarded Musk as inexperienced and replaced him with Intuit CEO Bill Harris by the end of the year. The following year, X.com merged with online bank Confinity to avoid competition. Founded by Max Levchin and Peter Thiel, Confinity had its own money-transfer service, PayPal, which was more popular than X.com’s service. He briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada at age 17, acquiring citizenship through his Canadian-born mother.
In 2020, Forbes gave Musk a philanthropy score of 1, because he had given away less than 1% of his net worth. YouTubers have raised more than $10 million as part of a fundraiser to plant trees across the globe, meeting more than half of the goal organizers laid out last week. The initiative, called Team Trees, had YouTubers flooding the platform with videos asking their viewers to donate money, with the goal of raising $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees through the Arbor Day Foundation. With the help of ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober, hundreds of other YouTube creators, and all of you, we absolutely crushed it—raising over $23M and generating more than 1B organic video views. Now with millions of trees in the ground and planting projects underway around the world, #TeamTrees is growing a greener future.
Project Mahitahi is a collaborative effort aimed at restoring the terrestrial ecosystem of New Zealand’s Mahitahi/Maitahi/Maitai valley. The area has great cultural importance, as well as supports threatened species like the Nelson green gecko and Kakariki parrot. The new trees planted through this project will support wildlife, sequester carbon, improve water quality for the local community, and create dozens of jobs. As part of this goal, new trees are being planted across four different regional sites — Totara Park, Puhinui Reserve, Hoskin Reserve, and Hunua Domain — in 2022. And they will provide countless benefits — including cleaner water, cleaner air, greater biodiversity, and carbon sequestration.