A little over four months since his Pono Music campaign on Kickstarter came to an end, famous singer Neil Young is once again making his way to the crowdfunding giant’s platform for another campaign but this time it is for the Rainforest Connection.
According to Rolling Stone, the music legend has teamed up with the Rainforest Connection to help them raise much-needed funds. Young stated, “[This] is a technology that’s a connection between the rainforest and you. This technology enables the forest to talk to the world. When the forest is threatened, the forest can speak and you can hear it.”
The Rainforest Connection uses old cellphones, which are retrofitted with a solar-power energy source, and places them in threes around the forest. When they pick up the sound of chainsaws, animals in distress or gunshots, the phones alert authorities in real time.
The campaign website reads, “Our system provides the world’s first real-time logging/poaching detection system. We can pinpoint deforestation activity the moment it begins, while simultaneously streaming the data openly and immediately to anyone around the world.”
Physicist and engineer behind Rainforest Connect, Topher White, noted, “Neil’s involvement makes perfect sense. Through his life, he has always been a passionate crusader for indigenous rights, and in recent years, has worked tirelessly in combating climate change. These are both issues that we directly address with the Rainforest I Connection technology.”
The campaign is closing shortly and has reached its stretch goal of $165,000 but is short of the next tier at $200,000.
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