Engineer Topher White started the Rainforest Connection as a simple and scalable way to stop illegal logging and deforestation using old cell phones as a security system. The phones are used to pick up sounds of illegal logging in the rainforest. Refurbished and powered by a solar panel, they can enable real-time intervention.
If you want to donate your phone, you can send it to:
77 Van Ness Ave, Suite 101-1717
San Francisco, CA, 94102, US
From Rainforest Connection’s website: “Mail us your old smartphone. We’ll erase it, retrofit it and send it into the jungle for its second life as a tireless forest guardian.”
You can watch Topher make a presentation at this TED Conference: