Can Used Cell Phones Really Save the RainForest?

by Amy Moas

June 25, 2014

Greenpeace is working hard every day to end deforestation worldwide. But we cannot do it alone. We are proud to workwith other organizations that are also doing great work in pioneering new ways to save our forests.

Every year more than 150 million phones are thrown away in the United States. But what if this trash could actual help save our planet?

Today, Greenpeace stands with our ally, Rainforest Connection, as they pioneer a way to do just that! They are transforming recycled smartphones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices, which when placed in the rainforest can detect and pinpoint the sounds of environmental destructionsuch as chainsaws, gunshots and animal distress callsat great distance. This information is then relayed in real time to personnel on the ground who can respond to protect the forest.

Rainforest Connection infographic

While traditional monitoring tools are getting better, satellites still are only able to show rainforest destruction days or weeks too late. Rainforest Connection is looking to provide the world’s first real-time logging and poaching detection system that can empower prevention of forest loss in the first place. You can help them make this a reality today.

With a pilot program already operational in Indonesia, Rainforest Connection has Cameroon, in their sights next. Greenpeace is actively trying to protect Cameroons forests, including stopping the infamous Herakles Farms palm oil project. We welcome this innovation as one more tool to protect the forest and empower local communities in Cameroon.

Technology will undoubtedly continue to play a role in transforming how Greenpeace and others around the world are working to protect the forests. Today lets applaud the innovation of our ally Rainforest Connection.

Amy Moas

By Amy Moas

Amy Moas, Ph.D. is a senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace based in Las Vegas. She focuses on combating the drivers of deforestation around the world including palm oil, pulp and paper, and illegal logging.

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