Tech In Conservation - Join us for a Tech for Good Eve!

Biodiversity in every ecosystem is coming in under increasing pressure by the expansion of human populations and activities.  The evidence is mounting that this is already resulting in a new mass extinction event induced by unsustainable human activity. The causes of which stem from over exploitation of natural resources, habitat loss, trafficking of wildlife and pollution amongst many others.

A porpoise spine tangled in fishing lines at South Landing, East Riding.

A porpoise spine tangled in fishing lines at South Landing, East Riding.

Tech for Good is the global spotlight for organisations, movements and individuals who are using technology to drive positive social and environmental change through videos, stories and podcasts. It also seeks to connect communities by hosting Tech For Good events designed to draw people together to catalyse ideas.

On the Monday 11th September Tech for Good is hosting a special evening exploring the ways that Tech is being used to tackle urgent conservation and biodiversity issues, for which I'm delighted to say that The Plastic Tide has been invited to speak!

Today 80% of seabirds mistake plastic litter for prey and as a result, hold an estimated 10% of their body weight of it in their stomaches.  By 2025 plastic litter in our ocean is set to increase by 10 times and by 2050 99% of seabirds will hold 10% of their weight in plastics.

Albatross at Midway Atoll Refuge, Chris Jordan (via US Fish and Wildlife Service HQ)

Albatross at Midway Atoll Refuge, Chris Jordan (via US Fish and Wildlife Service HQ)

These are grim figures for the future of marine animals, above and below the surface, especially considering 99% of the plastics litter goes 'missing' when it enters our oceans.  Peter will explain how The Plastic Tide is combining drone tech, machine learning, and citizen science to reveal how much of the missing 99% is swamping our coastlines.  He'll also discuss how this can help in conservation efforts and what the main challenges are going forward. 

Toothbrush on Killiechronan beach,The Isle of Mull.

Toothbrush on Killiechronan beach,The Isle of Mull.

You'll also hear from an exciting line-up at the cutting edge of conservation tech including;

Dirk Gorrisen, long time partner and soon to be our newest Trustee of The Plastic Tide! Dirk, will be talking about his amazing work using drones and machine learning to help track newly released Orang-utans in the deep Borneo and Sumatran forests.  This vital tech will allow conservationists to monitor newly released Orang-utans over their most vulnerable time period after release.  

Testing payloads, full blog post here.

Stephanie O'Donnell from WILDLABS.NET on how their work brings together the often disparate worlds of tech, engineering, design and others with conservations to develop solutions to global conservation challenges.  

Andrea Crosta creator of WildLeaks, the worlds first whistleblowing initiative devoted to wildlife and forest crime.  

Source: WildLeaks website.

Source: WildLeaks website.

Sophie Maxwell, the head of the ZSL's Conservation Technology and Innovation Unit.  The unit develops technology that helps to protect endangered species, extending ZSL's conservation to a global scale.  Sophie is working on advanced projects such as advance camera traps to detect elusive rare species and also to track poachers. 

 This film, shot in Sapo National Park, 2011, is the first to capture a wild pygmy hippopotamus in Liberia.

Join us for a what is set to be a fascinating and enlighting evening but sign up quickly tickets are selling fast and are only £3.00.

Read more and book here: https://www.meetup.com/techforgood/events/242769746/

See you there!

Dont forget to check out our calendar for more exciting The Plastic Tide events and beach cleans