5 Billion Trees: A Web Portal and App to help individuals plant 5 billion trees on our planet
When was the last time you planted a seed in the earth? Chances are that only a few people you know have planted even a single seed this year. Our planet is in desperate need for more trees but planting 5 billion trees would cost governments hundreds of millions of dollars and years of bureaucracy. So what if individuals were to take on this task instead? If only each person were to plant as little as one tree for the planet...
The 5 Billion Trees project aims to do just that - to help individuals wake up, reconnect with the planet they live on, and plant a tree in their local area. Through the power of the web, humanity can make a lasting difference to our planet for generations to come.
So what's the plan?
Phase 1: Website portal and build-up of a strong interactive social media base
The website portal will:
- Enable any adult or child in the world to participate by logging what and where they have planted and provide information and pictures on their personal project.
- Show an interactive map of new trees planted around the world, with a countdown to the 5 billion mark
- Provide a wealth of resources and advice on planting and looking after trees
- Create a worldwide community of people who planted a seed, a sapling or any plant for the sake of their planet
- Campaign to plant more trees on our planet
Phase 2: The App
- The iPhone and Android apps will enable users to monitor their participation, add trees to the global database and add photos, locations and a diary of their experience in their individual location
- Will connect with social media apps to encourage anyone with a mobile phone to plant at least one tree this year.
Phase 3: Expansion of online and offline marketing budget with celebrity and corporate endorsements
- Bring together NGO's, charities, corporations and ethical organisations worldwide to make a target of planting 5 billion extra trees annually on our planet.
This project will change countless lives. It will add planting trees to the increasingly urbanized human culture and will create a worldwide network of "normal people" who plant trees; even reporting deforestation and areas of need. The possibilities are endless and nothing but pure good can come out of this immense project.
Why plant 5 billion extra trees on planet earth?
- Giving Us Oxygen
A single mature tree can provide enough oxygen for up to 10 adults to breathe. And this is crucial in some of the world's biggest cities where oxygen levels are significantly lower than rural areas. It's frightening to think that the Amazon forest provides 20% of our oxygen but 6000km was deforested in 2015 alone.
- Storing Carbon Dioxide
It is difficult to deny the impact of carbon dioxide on our planet's weather and ecosystem. Currently, our trees absorb 40% of the man-made carbon dioxide before it reaches the outer atmosphere. This is vital in our fight against global warming and an extra 5 billion trees will have a significant impact to help counter the damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions.
- Cleaning air from pollutants
The air we breathe in some of our biggest cities is exceedingly reaching toxic levels. In addition to carbon dioxide, trees absorb toxic pollutants like Nitric Oxide, Carbon Monoxide and Sulphur Dioxide and leaves catch smaller airborne particles which are a deadly health hazard. With the majority of humanity estimated to be living in urban areas very soon, we need to act now to clean our urban atmospheres before it's too late.
- Natural Air Conditioning
Trees don't just capture the carbon dioxide, they also act as natural air conditioners by releasing water from their surfaces and thus removing heat energy from the air. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 air conditioning units operating 20 hours a day.
- Protection from Flooding
By absorbing rainwater, storing water and creating vast underground networks through their root systems, trees help prevent flooding. They enable less water to reach the river and more to be stored in the soil. In fact, roots also hold soil in place preventing it from constricting the river and flooding it.
- To Replace What We Have Cut Down
The facts are dire. In our constant quest for wood, paper, fuel and agricultural land, one and a half acres of forest is cut down every second. Every day, 200,000 acres of forests are burned around the world. In fact, as humans we have chopped down half of the world's forests. Is it not time we replace what we have destroyed?
- Supporting the Survival of Wildlife
Animals from birds to insects depend on trees to flourish. By chopping down trees, ecosystems are damaged and eventually destruction of the lower food chains causes extinction and threats the very survival of the human species on this planet.
Can you really live yet another year without planting a single tree?
Risks and challenges
The more we can raise, the quicker we can get through the phases and launch the project. We'll require manpower and support staff to help spread the word and advertise this to the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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