Increasing levels of human-caused CO2 emissions are one of the biggest challenges that we are facing today.
A solution would be to decrease our consumption of (directly & indirectly) carbon-omitting products such as oil, meat or plastic bottles.
Quite frankly though, no one around me seems to be willing to diminish their level of comfort, except a very few (hipster) friends. Most of us like to eat whatever we want, travel wherever we want and use our computers/devices as long as we want.
Our western world isn’t acting fast enough to decrease global emissions, which it is vastly responsible for. On top of that, developing countries are in a race to access developed countries level of comfort as fast as possible.
Most of them do not have the patience to take into consideration their environmental impact – invoking their undeniable right to pollute.
In my opinion, the best solution against CO2 emissions is not reducing them, it is increasing the speed at which we absorb them. I do not feel there is a need to develop a machine to do so, because nature gave us a well-functioning one: trees.
Deforestation itself is responsible for 30% of mankind’s increase in CO2 emissions. A good solution against it would be to plant trees faster than we cut them down, or alternatively to make them grow where our cutting machines cannot.
BioCarbon Engineering, an English startup based in Oxford, has developed tree-planting drones that can sow up to 100,000 seeds per day wherever they spot a fertile piece of land. The drones are 10 times faster than humans according to its co-founder Irina Fedorenko. We wish this young startup all the best!
Vianney, Consultant, Leyton France