Our rain forests are the world’s oldest living ecosystems. Rain-forests make up 50 percent of the earths flora and fauna and Is home a huge variety of different plants and rare animal species. but due to illegal activities such a logging we are losing a huge portion of our rainforests as they keep disappearing. he Amazon has lost almost one-fifth of its rain-forest in the last four decades.
So one man has come up with a way to help save the rain-forests by using old smartphones. His name is Topher White an he as come up with idea to use old cell phones to record the illegal activities and notify the relevant authorities of such activities which are placed within the rain-forests.
Topher White was struck by the sounds of the forest. In particular, the noises he couldn’t hear. Which gave him the idea while coming across an illegal logger sawing down a tree just meters away from a rangers station an noticing the off the sound of chainsaw was in the rain-forest soundscape as rain-forests have some of the most complicated soundscapes on the planet. In this dense noise of insects, primates, birds, and everything else that moves in the forest.
This incident set White thinking that perhaps the best way to save the Earth’s precious rain-forest is to listen to its loggers and poachers. The innovation he came up with, Rain-forest Connection, uses old cell phones to help to save the planet in a big way by listen to the poacher and notifying the authorities.
However, you wouldn’t want to sit around listening for chainsaw sounds all day. That’s why White developed an algorithm that’s able to distinguish a chainsaw’s sound from the other noises in the rain-forest. Once the chainsaw noise is detected, the program sends a text alert to park rangers, who can catch criminals in the act. These devices have proved to be extremely successful in detecting illegal activity and regulating logging activities.
When they install an old phone, Rain-forest Connection first wipes the device’s memory and rewires the hardware, then fits it with a solar panel array and ships it off to a rain-forest in need. Finally, the organization puts it in a tree — and if it detects the sounds of chainsaws, they jump into action. Rain-forest Connection says that a single rewired phone could protect about a square mile of an endangered forest. That would have the same environmental impact of taking 3,000 cars off the road for a year.
Rain-forests are a vital resource for our planet, responsible for producing much of the Earth’s oxygen and cleaning the atmosphere. Keeping the Earth’s rain-forests alive is essential for humans too. From medicine and rubber to spices and chocolate, many of the things you use every day come from rain-forests. With the help of a few old phones, Rain-forest Connection is working to make sure we still have this resource for generations to come.