Location: Florence, Italy
Do you know how much CO2 you produced today? Chances are you don’t know the full extent of your impact on the environment. Everything you do from the transportation you take, to the food you consume and the clothing you wear, to the daily use of gas, electricity, and water in your home is contributing to your CO2 footprint. In fact, the average North American generates about 20 tons of CO2 per year, while the global average is about 4 tons of CO2 per year (The Encyclopedia of Earth). This number may be surprising to some, and many remain unaware of the full extent their daily life has on the environment. Treedom looks to help people combat their emissions, creating a platform in which users can buy trees to be planted worldwide.
Treedom was founded in 2010 by a young team with a clear and simple vision- improve the world, one tree at a time. This vision is realized through an innovative network that allows anyone to contribute planting trees somewhere in the world. This network allows users to track their own CO2 footprint, revealing their impact on the environment and providing a means to mitigate it. Platform users can select from a variety of trees to be planted by individual farmers and NGOs in numerous places worldwide, based on the needs of the community. From there, with just a click, a tree can be planted in an agro-forestry project site, and each planted tree is just the beginning. Once planted the trees become sources of social, economic, and environmentally conscious development. They become tools for producing jobs and food, in addition to improving the surrounding habitat. Each adopted tree can then be accessed via a user profile, allowing the user to see it via Google Maps and share with friends via social media.
Since 2010, Treedom has planted over 220,000 trees worldwide. Their influence spans the globe from countries in Africa and South America, to Haiti, and Italy. Treedom’s goal is to become the industry leader, ensuring that trees are continuously planted in all parts of the world. With the help of present and future users, they hope to expand their reach, making this goal a reality. The transparent and interactive website fosters a community that contributes to an impact far beyond just planting trees. Treedom becomes a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental change with the click of a button.
Environmental Impact: Afforestation
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