First of all, let’s address the massive elephant in this post: what on earth does growing a forest, have to do with enterprise business technology? Everything. For starters, there won’t be any technology, business or service if we all die a horrible death because of the lack of clean air. So there. If you’re not interested in knowing what individuals are doing to initiate a transformation in our ecosystem, you may wish to re-think your priorities.
An urban forest is a forest or a collection of trees that grow within a city, town or a suburb. In a wider sense it may include any kind of woody plant vegetation growing in and around human settlements. Simply put, it takes the efforts of a few people to instigate a viral transformation which might just allow us to be a little more healthy and happy than we are.
The TNS TechTalk team met up with Shahzad Qureshi to better understand just what it takes to build an Urban Forest. While he is doing this in Karachi, we encourage you to contact him and see how you can do this yourself.
Shahzad got involved with the idea of creating a forest in Karachi after coming across Dr. Akira Miyawaki. As an individual, he made a conscious decision to create a simple, self-sustaining ecosystem that would help reduce the horrifying impact of pollution and climate change.
The Science of a Forest
Trees have their own role to play in the CO2 life cycle where, simply put, they suck in the Carbon Dioxide, and generate Oxygen. They reduce temperature of their immediately surrounding areas and, in large numbers, can impact weather pattern. Increase the size and space of the forest and you’ll be able to make a tangible impact on the weather, rain and environment. Trees have a role to play in reducing noise pollution and be a natural home to many species. Planting trees that are native to the soil just makes the green grow more lush and healthy. In economic terms, lush, packed green patches can influence real estate value and be more inviting for people to gather in.
With rapid urbanization and reducing greenery also impacts migratory patterns of birds. Considering birds follow patches of green to fly to and fro habitat and location, the barren lands influence the patterns of what comes in and out of the areas we live in.
What can you do?
One single individual can do a lot provided it is well-planned and sustainable. After interacting with Shahzad, the TNS team feels that this is a model that can be easily replicated across the province of Sindh. The blueprints are there. Question is, what role are you going play in helping to make this difference?
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