Terraformation helping mitigate climate change through reforestation
An organization on Hawaii Island is doing its part to help mitigate climate change through reforestation around the globe.
Terraformation was founded in 2017 by Yishan Wong, ex-CEO of Reddit, when he began evaluating large-scale climate solutions faced with mounting evidence that global climate change was rapidly accelerating. His goal was to find a plan that was practical, affordable, and offered the best possible chance to not just mitigate, but comprehensively solve, climate change.
In 2019, Yishan established Terraformation’s first pilot restoration site, Pacific Flight, on 45 acres off Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala. Two centuries of unsustainable logging had destroyed the area’s native tropical sandalwood forest, and subsequent cattle grazing had denuded and desertified the land.
The arid environment, high winds, and degraded soils meant that if a team could restore a forest there, they could do it anywhere.
In the summer of 2019, Yishan’s team completed construction of the world’s largest fully off-grid, 100% solar-powered desalination system to supply sustainable freshwater to Pacific Flight. The system produces 34,000 gallons of water per day, enough to support several thousand trees.
Soon after, Yishan partnered with Jill Wagner, director of the Hawaii Island Seed Bank, and a lifelong horticulturist and now Terraformation’s Head of Forestry, to reintroduce native plants at Pacific Flight.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate #greentechexchange #zerocarbon #climatenews #blueskyelife #elonmusk #billgates #greentech #nasa #nasaclimate #greenfacts
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