In this short, informative TED talk, entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma demonstrates how we can grow small forests that mature 10 times faster than typical forests, and grow 30% denser and are 100 times more biodiverse.
Using industrial know-how and by carefully tailoring the manufactured environment, Sharma’s improvised technique gets the miniature forests off to a racing start. After two or three years of care, the ecosystems become self sustaining.
Sharma shares his own backyard as a compelling case study – with 42 different species happily coexisting in a compact environment.
Sharma’s company, Afforestt, are not only taking their forests to homes, schools, and businesses around the world – they are also working on open-sourcing their technique online, so budding forest cultivators can replicate these miniature slices of the wilderness wherever they may be.
To view this video on the TED website, click here.