Say hello to the Rainforest Connection – an activist organization whom are using old smartphones to track down the location of illegal logging, in real-time, and alert the authorities.
“Rainforest Connection (RFCx) transforms recycled cell-phones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices that can monitor and pinpoint chainsaw activity at great distance. This changes the game by providing the world’s first real-time logging detection system, pinpointing deforestation activity as it occurs, and providing the data openly, freely, and immediately to anyone around the world.”
– The Rainforest Connection
Photo Credit: The Rainforest Connection
According to INTERPOL, “It is estimated that illegal logging accounts for 50-90 per cent of all forestry activities in key producer tropical forests,” of which “is highly lucrative and estimated to be worth between USD 51 and USD 152 billion annually.” To combat this, the Rainforest Connection wishes to use smartphones to monitor the sound, and determine the exact location, of chainsaw activity.
It’s very unfortunate that, as a result of developing certain technologies, e.g. the chainsaw, we’ve caused great harm to our own planet. In doing so, not only did we lose some of our faith in humanity, we’ve also lost a bit of our faith in technology as well. But all of that can change, thanks to the Rainforest Connection. By using modern technology, such as smartphones and solar energy, we can finally start combating against the destruction of our planet and those perpetrating said destruction. This is us taking back our humanity and taking back our use of technology for the benefit of our planet and all those who reside within it.