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Startup Plans To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year With Drones

By Brian Spaen

Human hands won’t be able to reverse the effect deforestation has had in the world without some help from technology. We’ve had amazing efforts, such as India planting 66 million trees in 12 hours, but that was a large-scale event that’s difficult to recreate on a regular basis. Luckily, a startup is looking to cut out the labor hours involved while also drastically increasing the amount of seeds planted every day.

BioCarbon Engineering is planning to use drones to plant up to one billion trees per year. It's already begun work along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, where the company is restoring local mangrove forests. Fast Company notes that it has taken over five years for local villagers to plant 2.7 million trees, and these drones would be “10 times faster than humans planting trees by hand, while the process can cost half as much.”

Lauren Fletcher, CEO of the company and former NASA engineer, says that planting by hand is simply too slow to keep up with industrial deforestation. He believes that they have a solution that could change the world and it could have an impact on climate change. He explains, “We’re hoping that our technology can provide opportunities to really scale up the reforestation and replanting rates.”