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  • I'm an industrial engineer.

  • The goal in my life has always been to make

  • more and more products

  • in the least amount of time and resources.

  • While working at Toyota,

  • all I knew was how to make cars

  • until I met Dr. Akira Miyawaki,

  • who came to our factory to make a forest in it

  • in order to make it carbon-neutral.

  • I was so fascinated

  • that I decided to learn this methodology

  • by joining his team as a volunteer.

  • Soon, I started making a forest

  • in the backyard of my own house,

  • and this is how it looks after three years.

  • These forests,

  • compared to a conventional plantation,

  • grow 10 times faster,

  • they're 30 times more dense,

  • and 100 times more biodiverse.

  • Within two years of having this forest in our backyard,

  • I could observe that the groundwater

  • didn't dry during summers,

  • the number of bird species I spotted in this area

  • doubled.

  • Quality of air became better,

  • and we started harvesting seasonal fruits

  • growing effortlessly

  • right in the backyard of our house.

  • I wanted to make more of these forests.

  • I was so moved by these results

  • that I wanted to make these forests

  • with the same acumen with which we make cars

  • or write software or do any mainstream business,

  • so I founded a company

  • which is an end-to-end service provider

  • to create these native natural forests.

  • But to make afforestation as a mainstream business

  • or an industry, we had to standardize

  • the process of forest-making.

  • So we benchmarked the Toyota Production System

  • known for its quality and efficiency

  • for the process of forest-making.

  • For an example, the core of TPS,

  • Toyota Production System, lies in heijunka,

  • which is making manufacturing

  • of different models of cars

  • on a single assembly line.

  • We replaced these cars with trees,

  • using which now we can make multi-layered forests.

  • These forests utilize 100 percent vertical space.

  • They are so dense

  • that one can't even walk into them.

  • For an example, we can make a 300-tree forest

  • in an area as small as the parking spaces of six cars.

  • In order to reduce cost and our own carbon footprint,

  • we started utilizing local biomass

  • as soil amender and fertilizers.

  • For example, coconut shells crushed in a machine

  • mixed with rice straw,

  • powder of rice husk mixed with organic manure

  • is finally dumped in soil on which

  • our forest is planted.

  • Once planted, we use grass or rice straw

  • to cover the soil

  • so that all the water which goes into irrigation

  • doesn't get evaporated back into the atmosphere.

  • And using these simple improvisations,

  • today we can make a forest

  • for a cost as low as the cost of an iPhone.

  • Today, we are making forests in houses,

  • in schools, even in factories with the corporates.

  • But that's not enough.

  • There is a huge number of people

  • who want to take matters into their own hands.

  • So we let it happen.

  • Today, we are working on an Internet-based platform

  • where we are going to share our methodology

  • on an open source

  • using which anyone and everyone

  • can make their own forest

  • without our physical presence being there,

  • using our methodology.

  • At the click of a button,

  • they can get to know all the native species

  • of their place.

  • By installing a small hardware probe on site,

  • we can do remote soil testing,

  • using which we can give step-by-step instructions

  • on forest-making remotely.

  • Also we can monitor the growth of this forest

  • without being on site.

  • This methodology, I believe,

  • has a potential.

  • By sharing, we can actually bring back our native forests.

  • Now, when you go back home,

  • if you see a barren piece of land,

  • do remember that it can be a potential forest.

  • Thank you very much. Thanks.

  • (Applause)

I'm an industrial engineer.

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