Your old phones could give rainforests a new lease on life

Rainforest Connection founder, Topher White, found a way to save the rainforest by using old phones to track loggers.

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Topher White, started the Rainforest Connection in 2012, a non-profit organisation that turns old phones into solar powered listening devices. These phones are rigged to listen to the sounds of chainsaws in the rainforest, and transmit a message to local authorities, in order to stop illegal logging.

Rainforests have been disappearing at an alarming rate and their decrease is causing an increase in pollutants, greenhouse gases and climate change. Animal and plant species are also vanishing as their habitats are being cleared.

Most of the logging that occurs in the rainforest is illegal. Due to their size and the orchestra of sounds already present, enforcing law and order in the rainforest is difficult. White’s system enables forest rangers to pinpoint the source of logging, determine if it is legitimate, and stop it if it is not.

“If you can just help them do their job more effectively, then you can really cut into the climate change equation. It might be the cheapest, fastest way to stop it.”

– White

Rainforest Connection has already started projects in Cameroon, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil and will soon be starting in Bolivia. They urge people to send their old phones, in working condition, to aid in this project.

Their details can be found on their website.

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