A few days ago, I read in my favorite newspaper (in Dutch, for those who may be wondering): “Geniaal: drones planten 100.000 bomen per dag“. And I agree, it is genius, so I did a blogpost on one of my other blogs in Dutch! It’s a concept of the company BioCarbon Engineering. In another post from 2012, on that same site of mine, I posted a movie (I’ll repost it here at the end). In that movie, cameraman John D. Liu talks about how it is possible to restore practically totally destroyed ecosystems in a few years, mainly by planting trees (and let them grow, see the movie). John does not just talk about it, he also shows us very convincing footage of what happens if we work with nature, and not against it like we usually do!
The principle of the flying tree planters is quite simple. The drones of BioCarbon Engineering first analyze the landscape and the soil, and then determine which types of trees are planted. Then the seeds are planted with another type of drone. They are injected into the soil. Below is a short film about how it works.
Very simple, no? Although the technology used is by no means simple. Remember, some 10 years ago, something like that probably wasn’t even possible! Or at least not without a much larger cost.
One idea: they could use a blimp or other type of airship, with solar panels attached for charging the drones and an additional supply of seeds to replenish the drones, to cover truly inaccessible areas, or areas that are too big to do everything in one go.
In any event, this opens unprecedented possibilities for the restoration of our poor planet. Occasionally, there is some light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
Oh, yes, here is the movie “Green Gold” – the documentary by John D. Liu.