Project Super Plants
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We are an entirely youth-led organization educating Bay Area students about the threats of CO2 emissions on our local biodiversity, activating them to grow Super Plants through classroom sessions, and mobilizing them to take action.
We run sessions in schools across the Bay Area and grow "Super Plants" -- plants like native California Melicgrass that sequester more CO2 compared to normal plants.
Join us to create a wave of youth-to-youth activism.
“Capable, engaging youth who inspired our 3/4 grade learners to believe that their small actions can make a difference in the fight against global warming.”
— 3/4th grade teacher, San Carlos Charter
“I was most impressed by your professionalism, organizational skills, comfort
level socializing with my students, and your knowledge of your subject area...”
— 4th grade teacher, Panorama Elementary School
“Neat to see students giving this to students.
— 5th grade science teacher
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 185.5 million 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 -- and threatens human life -- 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 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 wildfire conditions by growing deeper and more durable root systems, securing the CO2 underground.
Scientists at the Salk Institute's Harnessing Plants Initiative are genetically modifying plants to grow larger root systems with increased Suberin to block the roots from decay. They have the potential to capture 300-500% more CO2, reducing up to 40% of annual CO2 emissions.