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I keep trying to make saving the world simpler and more doable. The Life Haven Project was intended to save all the plants and animals of the world from extinction. That’s most easily done by constructing a hotel-like site for storing supplies on Pitt Island, lat/lon -44.29 -176.23, and more quickly done with a loaded cruise ship being docked at Adams Island, lat/lon -44.29 -176.23. An easier thing is to save all the plant species of the world with The EarthArk Project by giving people all over the world a pre-addressed envelope into which they could place wild seeds of their local area and mail them to the EarthArk. They would be sent via Palmer Station, Antarctica, to the top of mountains in Antarctica near the South Pole and stored at the local temperature of below minus forty degrees. The very closest exposed rock to the South Pole seems to be at lat/lon -87.375 -149.373 with an altitude of 9200 feet. It is desirable to attach the EarthArk containers to solid rock to prevent them being swept away by glacial flows.

Each of those projects is technically doable, but they all require some cooperation from various bureaucratic authorities. What I am about to propose here requires little cooperation from anyone except the person actually placing a MiniArk container in a cold place. The easiest way of doing this is to collect seeds from a local area, place them in a permanent container, such as a glass jar, or a standard plastic seal-able bucket. Then find some local mountain climbers who are intending to climb some mountain and ask them to carry the container to a good shady spot near the top. This process could be broken into easily done parts. For example, some students could collect seeds as a class project, then others could take the containers to some easy collection site, such as a sporting goods store where mountain climbers go. Then getting some of them to carry the containers to the base of a mountain where another collection site might be arranged. From there climbers could take the containers stored there up some portion of the way to the top. This could be divided into easy carries to designated stations until the container reached the top where it would be buried, marked and mapped with identifying photographs. The containers would be buried with the top a few inches below the surface. They would be invisible and thus would not disturb the local ecology in any way, but there would be markers on maps so they could be easily found, and the maps distributed world-wide on the internet. The maps from around the world could be stored both electronically and physically at many sites. The unused backs of gravestones could be used for very permanent marking of the map locations and for giving the locations chiseled into the granite tombstones.

Start your personal EarthArk today, by putting seeds in a bucket.