Project Super Plants
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We are creating a wave of planting activism using Super Plants like native California Melicgrass that absorb more CO2 compared to normal plants. We are educating Bay Area students about the threats of CO2 emissions on biodiversity, activating them to grow Super Plants through classroom sessions and teaching materials, and mobilizing them to take action.
This involves three steps:
Raising awareness about biodiversity.
Educating students about the carbon cycle.
And, inspiring peers to plant and track Super Plants
throughout their schools, homes, and communities.
The Bay Area is one of the nation's six biodiversity hotspots home to hiking in Berkeley's Tilden Park, wading into the San Francisco Bay, and growing vegetables at Alemany Farm. Over the past year alone, we have seen our climate undergoing radical change: massive fires, extreme droughts, and intense storms. As a result, the UN reports that 1 million plants and animals worldwide are at risk of extinction.
Humans emit 34 gigatonnes of CO2 each year,
equivalent to the weight of 185,500,000 Blue Whales. CO2 contributes to global warming through the greenhouse effect, trapping the sun's heat and making the Earth increasingly hotter. Global warming destroys our biodiversity by increasing droughts that exacerbate wildfires, melting icebergs that raise sea levels, and evaporating water that intensifies storms.
By reducing our CO2 emissions, we can reverse this cycle.
Plants are our secret ally. Through photosynthesis, they absorb 25% of our CO2 emissions. We learned it was possible to enhance -- and one day supercharge -- plants' absorption of CO2.
We are using California native "Super Plants" that grow larger root systems to store more CO2 for a longer period of time. They have also adapted to drought and fire conditions by growing deeper root systems, securing the CO2 underground. In the future, we hope to use genetically modified plants that have larger root systems to capture more CO2 and increased Suberin to block the roots from decay. Once they are safe for the public to plant, they will capture 300-500% more CO2.
Our Earth has the power to heal itself if we take the right steps.