Cleaning the ocean with #TeamSeas
Following up on 2020’s #TeamTrees campaign, which raised more than $20 million to plant 20 million trees, the ambitious goal set by #TeamSeas is to raise $30 million to remove 30 million pounds of trash from the ocean by 2022. More than 8,000 creators from 145 countries on six continents pledged their support to the effort. Altogether, their channels amount to some 1.4 billion subscribers.
Only a few weeks in, they’ve already combined to raise nearly half the total with donations coming from thousands of supporters, including $400,000 from the YouTube Originals team. And on a recent windy day in the Bay Area, CEO Susan Wojcicki was joined by Rober and more than 100 YouTube employees to clean up hundreds of pounds of trash from a local beach.
The money will support two organizations: Ocean Conservancy, focusing on beaches and oceans, and The Ocean Cleanup, which targets trash removal in rivers. #TeamSeas will help fund Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative® that identifies, re-floats, and removes abandoned gear from the ocean and Interceptors™, The Ocean Cleanup’s trash collecting systems.