Sowing the seeds for a better future.
Deforestation is one of the biggest ongoing disasters facing the world today, and we’re the ones to blame.
Whether for profit, land, or simply as a way to provide for one’s family, forests across the world are being torn down at alarming rates. According to National Geographic, while forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s surface, areas the size of Panama are lost each year, and if we continue at our current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could totally disappear within a hundred years.
The effects of deforestation are many and the impacts are felt by all, whether or not we know it. The majority of the world’s plant and land animal species live in forests, and the loss of their habitat is a clear path to extinction. On the human end, deforestation prompts climate change by disrupting the water cycle, reducing the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere, and dangerously altering temperature patterns that forests typically help to moderate.
Simply reversing the devastating effects of deforestation may seem simple: plant more trees. Unfortunately, our current methods of reforestation largely include manually planting seeds, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and limited to the places that humans can easily access.
Now, a former NASA engineer and his company have a plan that would incorporate popular modern technology to start a green revolution on the planet.