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How Tech Could Boost Tree Planting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The year 2020 began with so much optimism about creating green solutions and maintaining environmental sustainability. At the beginning of the year, the World Economic Forum launched the 1 Trillion Trees campaign with the message “If we don’t do something fast, our future does not look good” to promote environmental sustainability by encouraging tree planting.

Just a few weeks into the year, the novel coronavirus struck, finding its way to nearly all countries of the world, infecting more than 4 million people and killing over 200,000. This stalled several businesses, causing an economic upheaval that has led to job losses and increased poverty rates in many affected countries.

During this period, technology has enabled some business interactions and even created new ones to ensure some level of economic activity. Now experts are looking at leveraging tech to continue the plans for environmental sustainability and tree planting.

Experts recommend connecting tree planters with investors through digital interfaces that allow payment of tree planters for a certain number of trees they plant and nurture. This, experts, say is a win-win situation as it not only provides jobs for the millions who have lost their jobs to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also keeps the earth green and sustainable.

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