What do you think about when you think of trees?
Technology usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
You think of them for the shade they offer, the fruits they bare or even as a raw material for paper! But UK company BioCarbon Engineering recently revealed how quickly hundreds of trees could be planted – how entire ecosystems could be restored – with the use of drones.
Competing in the Drones for Good Competition, they utilized technology as an enabler showing how to reach difficult places and plant trees where they are needed.
The results are a brilliant and creative way to combat deforestation.
Can you plant a billion trees in a year? Oxford-based company BioCarbon says it’s not just possible – it’s already under way.
The company’s system works in two stages: first, a drone flies about and maps out the land, gathering intel on terrain, nutrients, and biodiversity.
Next, a planting drone fires biodegradable seedpods at targeted positions. Multiply that by 150 swarms of 6 drones each, BioCarbon believes it could eventually scale to 10s of billions of trees planted each year. (Click to Tweet)
- Watering Newly Planted Trees (ReGreen Springfield) – Newly planted trees (those that have been in the ground less than two years) require 25 gallons of water, approximately 1.5 inches of rainfall, per week to survive. During extended periods of little or no rainfall and/or high temperatures, trees need your help. (Click to Tweet)
- Using Recycled Material to Help Increase Sapling Survival Rate (Fast Company) – A new technology called the Cocoon from Land Life protects seedlings from harsh arid climates and reduces the amount of water they need to thrive–and boosts their survival rate by as much as 80%. (Click to Tweet)
- L’Oréal, McDonald’s Commit to Nix Deforestation from Commodity Supply Chains (Sustainable Brands)
- Mapping Tree Density at a Global Scale (ResearchGate)
- Learn more about tree free paper from TreeZero.
- Discover how we’re working to protect threatened forests in Africa
- Interested In going tree free? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- World Environment Day: Connecting People to Nature
- Pedaling to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Bike to Work Day
- In the News: TreeZero Partners with Wildlife Works to Protect Threatened Forests in Africa (Southeast Green)
See you next week!