Globally, YouTube is used as a platform we use to watch videos on our hobbies and interests. With topics ranging from art and gaming to beauty and fashion, YouTube is host to 1000s of content creators all trying to entertain and bring like-minded people together. Above all, YouTube gives millions of people access to knowledge that may have otherwise been out of reach.
Subjects are covered for all levels—whether a child just starting school or an adult looking to broaden their knowledge. Even environmental topics have made their way onto one of the biggest “libraries” of our history. Some see the growth of online communities as the decline in local communities. But this doesn’t have to be the case. By taking the knowledge we learn online—whether how to grow veg or why we should plant trees—we can bring a community together.
Speaking of trees, have you heard of #TeamTrees? It is a movement started by YouTubers MrBeast and Mark Rober, which aims to raise enough money (around $20 million) to plant 20 million trees by 2020. It is a cause that has been embraced across YouTube by both creators and viewers. Currently the count stands at over 18.8 million trees. So not only can YouTube teach the world, it can also bring the world together for a cause that we should all be interested in. #TeamTrees is just the beginning, but it certainly won’t be the end of the good that YouTube can do for the planet. Whether in the fight against climate change or the dissociation of communities, more positive results will come from YouTube searches.
Have you used YouTube to learn something new about the environment, or even to continue learning about an environmental topic of interest?