As animal lovers, we have always been vocal about the importance of saving the environment. In fact, environment conservation is one of our favorite discussions. Most of our animal workshops include educating children about conservation efforts. So, when we came across these ways in which technology is helping the environment from biodiversity loss, we had to share it.
Drones help reforestation efforts
At this time, one of the easiest solutions for slowing down the impacts of climate change is to plant lots of trees. Deforestation has caused biodiversity loss and has impacted the planet heavily. We are in urgent need of restoring the forests by planting more trees. Drones have become a surprisingly helpful equipment for this purpose.
Once the area is mapped by the drone, it flies through the region shooting biodegradable seed pods. It is estimated that this method of reforestation in ten times faster and reduces costs by 15%. Developed by a NASA engineer, these drones will eventually be given to reforestation organizations.
Using deep learning AI to save time
Artificial intelligence may have its own pros and cons but it has been helping in conservation efforts as well. Microsoft’s AI for Earth program is one of the most effective technological tools available for environmentalists and conservationists. Over 200 grants have been provided through the program to teams working on global environmental challenges.
It analyzes icy surfaces to study the effects of climate change. At the same time, it supports wildlife research by using computer vision. AI is also helping increase sustainable agricultural practices and optimize forest management. There are many other ways in which organizations are using AI to save the environment and reduce biodiversity loss.
Many scientists and researchers consider AI to be one of the pillars that can save the planet and undo the damage.
Vertical ocean farming to solve biodiversity loss
Biodiversity loss is not limited to the lands only. The ocean floors are scraped by big fishing boats looking for mussels and oysters. The problem with this practice is that it destroys the natural habitat of many aquatic species. It could take a long time for these species to overcome the stress of habitat loss. As a result, many fishes have started declining in populations.
Fisherman Bren Smith decided to change this by introducing vertical ocean farming. It is an underwater garden which serves as the natural habitat for various underwater plant and animal species. These include kelp, mussels, scallops and oysters. This saves the ocean floor from being scraped regularly. Additionally, the vertical garden provides food for other fishes and seals.
Remote monitoring of wildlife and smart collars to track wild animals
This technology has been around for quite some time, and it has greatly improved conservation efforts. Remote monitoring of wildlife helps researchers identify animal calls when they are in natural distress.
Smart cars that reduce dependency on non-renewable energy
Lastly, the problem of biodiversity loss can be lowered if more people reduced their dependency on non-renewable sources. Smart cars are a great way of doing this. Cars that run on electricity are more efficient and sustainable for the planet. There are many other ways in which a smarter lifestyle can reduce your carbon footprint. As consumers, we are equally responsible for lowering our carbon footprints as big organizations.
We educate children about these conservation efforts during the animal school visit and animal handling workshop. If you would like the children to learn more about animals, then you can host animal parties. It is a fun way to introduce new animals to children and see them handle these animals. Additionally, an animal party can also educate children about biodiversity loss and help them learn about animal conservation.