This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. A lot has changed in our world since the 1970’s – one of the biggest shifts being that we are now able to track environmental issues on a global scale.
Thanks to significant advances in global communications technology, we are able to connect and make a difference across the world from anywhere, – something Iridium is very familiar with.
In celebration of this international event, we want to share some of the initiatives Iridium is part of to help solve global issues of climate change and animal extinction.
Alpine of the Americas Project
When a research team is out in remote, difficult to access areas like Patagonia, having a reliable network is the key to staying in touch. Alpine of Americas Project depends on the Iridium GO!® to stay connected as the team recreates historical photos of various landscapes to show the effects of climate change. Iridium helps them depict a world that is often forgotten.
Fredrik Granath – Ground Zero
Working in polar regions can be difficult, especially for a climate change researcher like Fredrik Granath. Working on Ground Zero, a project depicting the changes of the Arctic environment through the eyes of a polar bear, Fredrik relies on an Iridium 9555 handset for safety – which is critical in a place where there are almost more polar bears than people.
The Zoological Society of London’s Instant Wild Program
Iridium is proud to be part of The Zoological Society of London’s efforts to stop the continued poaching of endangered species. One of ZSL’s solutions is the use of camera traps, which help to alert rangers of possible poaching activity. These traps are set in difficult-to-reach areas, but with the power of the Iridium satellite constellation, they connect our world to the animal world.
Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW)
When anti-poaching efforts take you into the fields of Tanzania, you want a reliable connection to your contacts. We are happy to provide VETPAW with an Iridium GO! and an Iridium Extreme®, as the team of U.S. Army veterans train African park rangers to fight against poachers – helping to make a better tomorrow for our world.
University of Georgia and The Wildlife Institute of India
Variations in animal populations can have a dramatic impact on the well-being of ecosystems and of the entire planet. Researchers in Georgia are taking this notion seriously by tracking coyote populations. Across the world, The Wildlife Institute of India is taking action by tracking declining tiger population rates. These projects use GPS tracking collars powered by the Iridium network to observe changes in their polar opposite ecosystems, showing that the environment is a truly global issue.
The shift to a more global world
The stories highlighted in this article are only a few of the many examples of environmental initiatives that Iridium is proud to be involved with.
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