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I read yesterday that the Millennium Seed Bank is in dire financial straights.
What is the Millennium Seed Bank?
"The Millennium Seed Bank Project is an international conservation project coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Launched in the year 2000... its purpose is to provide an "insurance policy" against the extinction of plants in the wild by storing seeds for future use. The storage facilities consist of large underground frozen vaults preserving the world's largest collection of seeds.
In April 2007 it banked its billionth seed, the Oxytenanthera abyssinica, a type of African bamboo."
"But the cooling of the global economy is threatening to freeze the whole project. All it takes is 2,000 pounds to save one seed, and with at least four species of plants vanishing every year, conservationists believe this is an excellent value."
I wholeheartedly agree.
Okay, one seed's continued survival cost £2000 pounds.
£2000 English pounds is currently valued at $2995.8 US dollars.
I propose to you, dear friends and readers, that we raise this sum, via a paypal donation bin, and that as a group we host the continued existence of one seed. The SuperForest seed!
We may not be able to support the entire project, but we can certainly support one seed.
Hosting this as yet nameless seed can be our gift to the future. It can also show how beautifully technology can work to support and buttress worthwhile thoughts and movements from the forces of economic downturns and the like.
The Millenium Seed Bank needs us just as much as we need it.
Can we do it?
One seed for SuperForest! And SuperForest for one seed!
Let's do this thing.
Massive love to all!
P.S. Would you like to visit the Seed Bank? Click here for info on how.
Millennium Seed Bank site.
Millennium Seed Bank wiki.
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