Can blockchains save the planet?

A slew of initiatives are using blockchain technology to solve age-old environmental problems.

Founded in 2012, the SankalpTaru Foundation has significantly helped increase India’s tree cover. The New Delhi-based non-profit has planted 3.5 million trees across India—from guava plants in Maharashtra to mangroves in the Sundarbans. 

What’s unique is that for as little as Rs 149, paid through its website, anyone can fund a new tree anywhere in the country. A few days after the donation, SankalpTaru plants the tree and sends the donor an email and a WhatsApp message about what kind of tree it was and whose land it is planted on. 

Trust is key to this process. Who knows if …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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Akanksha Sarma

Akanksha is a former writer at The Morning Context, who covered the cryptocurrency industry and other new technology. Her main area of interest is exploring the vast intersection between businesses and culture in the internet age. Previously, she was an associate sub-editor at Moneycontrol, the online financial news publication owned by Network18.