Some days I have a real burden for the people who struggle against insurmountable odds everyday, just to survive. Other days, I’m just another thoughtless human, wrapped up in my own little word with my self fabricated issues and problems.

It’s websites such as Tree-Nation that make my head turn, there’s people who are trying to bring not just an awareness of the problem, but also provide a piece of the puzzle that is the solution…


Tree-Nation is an ecological project with a focused objective: To plant 8 million trees in the Sahara to fight desertification! Large-scale plantation of trees will increase the land’s productivity and re-generate the soil.


Tree-nation is an online community in which you can buy your own tree and become the guardian of a real and happy tree that we will plant in our park in Niger.

Our online community can navigate the interactive park and chose an exact spot to plant their tree or trees. Using GPS coordinates these virtual trees correspond to real trees planted in the eco-park in Niger.

The user will be able to check his real tree using our aerial mapping services. Members can contribute suggestions, share photos, make contacts, debate on environmental issues and gather ideas in the Tree-blogs.

The community will provide a platform through which everyone including, scientific experts, celebrities, politicians and students can have fun and care at the same time.

That’s right, buy the tree, select the location in the park, they’ll plant it(as of writing this there are currently 666 trees planted), you can see it once it’s planted and you can feel good about the fact that you are helping fight poverty and desertification. Check out Tree-Nation now.
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Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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