Despite being a hotly debated topic, technology is helping save the planet as we know it.
Though technology may also harm Earth, environmental technology is helping make it a better place one piece at a time.
Renewable energy is helping the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions that damage the atmosphere and using power such as solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, and hydro power to drive the world rather than using depleting fossil fuels.
Speaking of driving, electric cars don’t rely on fuel and are striving to cut down on carbon emissions.
Instead, they run on rechargeable batteries, kind of like a smartphone you can drive. Thanks to technology, these cars are far more energy efficient.
They convert up to 62 per cent of their battery charge to power the wheels, while traditional vehicles only use up to 21 per cent of the energy to power the wheels.
As we cut down on our use of fossil fuels, so too do we cut down our use of plastics and paper waste.
Our surge into the digital world, where we can store information in our pockets through our phones, has cut down dramatically on paper waste, and is also the easiest way for everyone to go green.
Smart home devices might just seem like they’re more convenient, but they’re yet another example that shows environmental technology is helping the Earth.
Smart thermostats that adjust the temperature to prevent your air or heat from running as often when you’re not home saves energy, while apps that allow us to turn off lights remotely means less energy consumption.
As species become endangered or extinct, ecosystems are disturbed, which can result in overpopulation, more endangered species, and even migration.
By using GPS to track wildlife, it’s easier to understand migration patterns, behaviour, and habitat changes that keeps nature safe.
Remote controlled helicopters are being used to safely take samples from large animals for study and prevent humans impacting their lives.
Tracking collars on elephants text farmers in advance to avoid crop loss and harm to the elephants. There is even technology to help reduce deadly diseases that are endangering certain species.
Numerous advances in agricultural technology have led to everything from robotic farming to genetically designed food to limit our impact on the Earth and its atmosphere.
Robotic farming and vertical farms have prevented human destruction of different habitats, while precision agriculture has helped farmers better understand their fields while preserving natural resources.
Technology might seem like it’s more about the latest smartphone, but it can also be used to make the world better and save the environment for future generations.
By investing in technology, we’re investing in a better future for our planet.