Posted March 24, 2008 11:40 pm by with 11 comments

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has a program called NEWtrees. You can donate a tree and watch it grow on Google Earth. When you buy a tree for $5.50, it will be planted in a rainforest in Sebangau National Forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

They not only plant the tree for you but you get to watch it grow. You’ll also get a Google Earth KML with the coordinates of your tree. As Google Earth gets update with higher resolution satellite and aerial images, you may be able to literally watch your tree grow. You can see the trees planted and donate a tree at

NEWtrees is a joint initiative by WWF Indonesia, Nokia and Equinox Publishing. According to Google Earth: “This replanting project gives people an innovative way to help reforest this protected national park and monitor the growth of the trees through geotags (trees labeled with precise latitude and longitude coordinates) viewable via Google Earth and Yahoo Maps.”

Here are some other innovative ways that Google Earth is being used for good causes.

  • great! technology has given us a new way to help the environment

  • That’s an amazing idea! If we could implement more ideas fusing technology and philanthropy together, that would be unbelievable.

  • Great post, Janet.

    It is interesting to see how philanthropy is evolving with digital technology. This program engages consumers of any age, and allows users to see their donation grow.

    It is a bit scary to think what else people will be watching on Google Earth in the future, though.

  • Really cool idea, but how often it is updated? While trees grow slow you want to know it’s still alive.

  • I’m not sure how exciting it will be to watch a tree grow, but it’s still a cool idea and one that would be hard to argue against.

  • It’s really cool idea. I am going to buy a tree.

  • This is a very creative idea. And it’s for a good purpose too. Very cool.

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  • Wow, people it is a great idea, so we can make our planet more beautiful and more friendly.

  • Hello Janet,
    this is really a good news, does anyone already “planted” a tree and got his KML?

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