Radical Ways to Save the Planet

Radical Ways to Save the Planet

The time for radical action is now.

We’ve said it plenty of times before at TreeCoin. Even as we advocate for more sustainable practices in the timber industry, we always remind ourselves to take action. When we first started discussing the idea of blockchain and ethical reforestation? We did not know what it would look like.

The TreeCoin story is about more than just an idea — it’s about action too. Without action, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

It was a radical step to buy tens of thousands of hectares of fallow land. And then have local communities replant millions of trees. To then tokenize the trees to raise funds, distribute profits, and sustain local economies? Some might even have said it was crazy.

Our planet is in a desperate state. The best intentions are not enough and we had to act on our idea, no matter how radical, to make a difference.

It seems that we are not alone. Increasingly, people are becoming aware of the reality that for us to save our planet in time. And we have to really get creative. Even scientists and academics are working hard to find new, out-of-the-box ideas to preserve the environment.

We have considered “restoration thinning” to restore forests. We see how artificial clouds can reflect sunlight. We take a look at some of the increasingly drastic measures that could right our environment.

Restoration thinning

Restoration Thinning

It might seem illogical to save forests by selectively cutting down trees, but some conservationists swear by a method called “restoration thinning”. This radical method is used to help forests return to a more normal state when they cannot do so naturally. This tends to occur because they have in some way already been altered. This is either through damage like disease or fire, or human activity.

In a normal environment, all tree species have to compete with each other for sunlight and space. This could result in weaker, thinner trees or worse, non-desirable tree species (such as non-native varieties) could win the arms race and starve out all the others.

The famous Redwood Forests of California, for example, have benefited from restoration thinning since the late 1970s.

Giant mirrors

Reflect

This is definitely one of the most extreme proposals on our list. If dangerous sun rays are an issue, why not reflect them away from Earth with giant mirrors? That was the case made by Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution in Stanford. According to the scientist, if we could just reflect back 2% of the sun’s light away from us, global warming could be reduced.

The idea surfaced in the 2000s, but a 2015 report updated the concept. This time, it suggested a new form of geoengineering to replace mirrors called Albedo Modification. This would include injecting aerosols into the stratosphere as well as brightening marine clouds, to enhance surface reflectivity.

Carbon sucking machines

carbon sucking

Klaus Lackner of Columbia University has proposed we employ artificial trees in the fight against pollution. According to Lackner they could theoretically soak up CO2 from 15,000 cars. Apparently, it would take 250,000 of these machines to take as much CO2 as the world was producing.

It looks like British cities have already got ahead of the curve, with their very own pollution-sucking buses. 5,000 of these vehicles not only take cars off the road with public transport, but take emissions off the air. 1 bus in Southampton apparently “cleaned” 3.2 million cubic meters of city air in 100 days.

Working less

work less

Probably the only item on this list your boss won’t like. The French have come up with the novel idea of “degrowth”. It asked:

“How can we self-impose a limit to growth when our entire economic and political structure is based on it? How do we organize a society that delivers high levels of human well-being in the context of a shrinking economy?”

Simply put. If we worked less, we’d earn less, and spend less. That means less fast fashion, less fast food, fewer cheap stuff and fewer disposable stuff. By proxy, less industrialization would lead to less carbon emissions and pollution. Radical but who says more time for the family isn’t good for the planet?

The TreeCoin opportunity

If we hadn’t visited Paraguay to check out the good work of La Rivera, we could not be sure if we had the human resources to pull off a 10-million tree replanting project. If we hadn’t already started planting eucalyptus saplings, we could not feel confident that the timeframes for harvest would be possible.

If we didn’t work with the local communities, we could not know if Paraguayans would support a community-owned currency, or if retail owners and other societies would adopt this new form of digital money. If we didn’t launch our Hybrid Token Offering (HTO), we could not possibly have enough funds to bring our vision to fruition.

At TreeCoin we believe in more than great ideas, we believe in taking action. If you agree with us, and think the time for action is now, join TreeCoin on our mission.

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