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Making Tomorrowland Greener: Artificial Trees

Natalie C.


Here in the future we have many new innovations and technologies, but perhaps the most important is the artificial tree. Now I know what you’re thinking, how can getting rid of natural trees possibly help the environment? But the premise of this invention is not to replace, but to supplement. Today, nearly every home has at least one in their backyard, quietly doing its job.
The artificial tree shimmers, its green and black leaves glistening in the sun. Approximately half of the tree’s leaves are solar panels, which provide electricity for nearby homes. Our solar panels now are vastly different from those of the past. These panels are hundreds of times more efficient, and able to store excess energy when it is not needed. The other half of the leaves use manufactured photosynthetic compounds to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide in the air. Not only has this improved air quality around the world, but it has also reduced global warming. These artificial trees have removed enough carbon dioxide to almost offset the centuries of fossil fuels that were burned.
So, are you wondering what you can do to reach this bright new future as soon as possible? Develop your solar panels, increase their efficiency, and learn to store their energy. Learn a thing or two from nature, try to replicate organic processes with synthetic materials. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to try new things. After all, the only path to Tomorrowland is through innovation.