Can Nature win the war on climate change? Maybe with a little help from humanity. Old military planes are now being reconditioned and refitted with new mechanics. Using these planes, we can drop tree bombs instead of landmines.
From Earth We Are One
Most major ecosystems are in danger of over-logging and with each acre we loose… the world looses more of our precious oxygen makers and plant medicine. We all realize the value of wood, but the over use of our culture is unable to keep up with the practice of hand-planting one tree for each one cut down.
The Intelligence Of Tree Bombing
Using old military planes, we can plant a billion trees a year. These planes will “Tree Bombs” to reforest areas that have been devastated by commercial clear cutting.
The aerial reforestation planes can reach remote areas,… even deserts! This removes the need to have individuals plant seedlings by hand.
The program uses some of that fastest growing trees in the world, which grow over 10 feet per year. These trees can fully counter the negative effects of de-forestation within a few years.
“A fleet of unused and decommissioned C-130 Hercules cargo planes, originally created to drop land mines, could be recommissioned as foresters. Lockheed Martin — the quintessential military innovation company — and Aerial Forestation Inc, of Newton took an old rusty idea from former UK RAF pilot Jack Walters and turned it into a reality. The planes will be outfitted to each drop up to 900,000 trees in one day and with 2,500 C-130’s sitting unused in 70 different countries, this idea could make for a lot of little saplings.” Inhabit.com
The Mind Unleashed described the process like this,
“The current proposal retrofits unused C-130 Hercules cargo planes to drop cones of seeds. The cones “bury themselves in the soil of a deforested area at the same distance that one would want them to be if planting the trees by hand. The tree bombs don’t explode on impact but rather their casing dissolves over time and they contain a measure of fertilizer and enough moisture to ensure that the tree takes root.”
“The possibilities are amazing. We can fly at 1,000 ft at 130 knots planting more than 3,000 cones a minute in a pattern across the landscape – just as we did with landmines, but in this case each cone contains a sapling. That’s 125,000 trees for each sortie and 900,000 trees in a day.” – Peter Simmons, a Lockheed Martin representative, via Inquisitr
Watch below to see aerial reforestation and tree bombs in action