A farmer who harvested a field and didn't replant it would soon starve or become bankrupt. So, why are we cutting down so many trees and not replanting them? The reasons are many - some of the land is turned to grazing, some to agricultural production, some to urban development.
It is unlikely that we would ever turn good agricultural land back into forest -especially with increasing food prices and an increasing number of mouths to feed on the Earth. It is just as unlikely that we will demolish houses to plant trees. However, trees' role in pulling carbon from the air and storing it for long periods, potentially millenia (in very long lived trees like sequoias) in their trunks or centuries (in wood used for construction) cannot be overstated. So, what are we to do? Don't we lack the land needed to grow new trees? As we cannot demolish our neighborhoods, where are trees to be planted?
|A giant sequoia, growing over two years with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon in Indiana. This tree was never watered after planting with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon, not even after the Waterboxx PlantCocoon was removed.|
Second, large parts of the western half of the United States is considered desert or near desert - and indeed it is by rainfall totals. Little is thought to be able to grow there, so it is not used as agricultural land. However, trees that establish deep roots are able to survive where other plants cannot. The problem is that it is very hard for trees to get established in desert areas, especially as most rain falls in a short period and then there is no precipitation for many months.
|The Algodones Sand Sea desert in California (Photo from USGS, by Peter Kresan, public domain). Surely no tree could ever grow here - except with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon.|
So, has the Waterboxx PlantCocoon ever been shown to work in the desert. In fact, it has. 88% of salt cedar trees planted with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon survived in the Sahara desert, as seen below.
|Salt Cedar trees growing with the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon in the Sahara Desert in Morocco.|
Ghaf trees (really more shrub or bush like plants) planted in the Kuwaiti desert with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon thrived after the Waterboxx PlantCocoon was removed. These plants will completely change the character of the land over time, adding humus to the soil and allowing life to flourish.
|Ghaf trees planted with the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon in Kuwait - surviving after the Waterboxx PlantCocoon is removed.|
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