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Plant a Tree in Thailand From Your Phone

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Too lazy to pick up a shovel and get your hands dirty? Locked out of Thailand but love the Land of Smiles? Now you can plant a tree without having to put down your mobile phone.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand on Wednesday launched its “Care the Wild” app, which allows tree-huggers worldwide to contribute as little as US$6.39 to a multi-agency tree-planting campaign.

SET President Pakorn Peetathawatchai said one tree can be bought for 200 baht, although someone could plant a whole forest if they have the money. Users can also decide where they want their memorial tree planted.

like to plant their trees. There is currently 717 rai of land to choose from across seven provinces – Ratchaburi, Petchaburi, Chiang Rai, Nan, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima and Maha Sarakam, with more coming in the future.

The SET is working with the Royal Forestry Department and residents in each area to plant trees for app users. After the planting, the application will send users a report of how their trees are doing on a biannual basis for six years.

SET hopes that the application will help increase the number of forested areas in the kingdom, aiming for about 100,000 trees covering 500 rai of land – an amount that can absorb roughly 900,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year.

Currently, forests in Thailand covers some 102 million rai, or 31.5 percent of the country’s land mass. But according to research Thailand needs at least 40 percent or 128 million rai of its area to be covered by forest to create a well-balanced ecosystem for the country.

Phone users can use their green thumbs to download the Care the Wild on both the iOS and Android app stores. Companies wanting to participate in the tree-planting program can get more information at the SET Social Impact website.