Science and technology have made many things possible - from stem cells to men on the moon, mankind never ceases to explore, discover and invent amazing new ways to push the boundaries of our capabilities, our universe and our imagination. But once in a while we must pause and think - how can we unleash innovation to solve world scale problems? Does science and technology hold the key to effectively combating the effects of the anthropocene?
This brings me to introduce one of the most promising innovative technologies that I have come across in the 21st century - drones to plant 1 billion trees by using 3-D mapping to create data sets, analyze environment and weather data, identify and plant high-yield species of trees in appropriate locations. In my opinion, the most facinating part of this model is how it captures not just environmental value (by improving land, air and water quality) but also that it captures commercial value by reducing the time, effort and cost involved in reforestation. Absolutely brilliant!
BioCarbon Engineering was created to plant at least 1 Billion trees (~570,000 Hectares) per year. Global forests and jungles are under increasing pressure from over production. Industrial scale destruction of global forests and jungles for lumber, mining, and agriculture and urban expansion is occurring at a faster rate than reforestation because the current state of the art is hand planting which is slow, labour intensive and expensive. Our solution uses emerging technologies to automate industrial scale reforestation. Specific scaleable technologies include unmanned quad-copters, remote sensing and automated mapping, and high-velocity, air-fired planting systems. This approach would allow 2 operators to remotely plant an estimated 36,000 trees per day at less than 10% of the current cost. With 50 operational teams, we will have the capacity to plant 1 Billion trees each year.