While perusing the Internet today I came across an interesting read somewhat related to a previous blog post I’d written about doing simple things to minimize your impact on the ocean and its inhabitants.
Typically we are much too engaged in our day to day lives with our careers, families, friends and everything else to be bothered to figure out how to stay engaged in saving the ocean right? Wrong.
With the world becoming increasingly smaller thanks to new innovations in technology it might not come as a surprise to you that now technology has even brought the vastness of the ocean to your fingertips. In a piece entitled, “Ocean conservation? Yes, there’s an app for that.“ by Francesca Koe she discusses some of the technologies that are available right on your phone or tablet to stay engaged. Intriguing, I thought. Do tell.
The piece discusses a couple of apps (applications) designed to keep you on the wave about what’s happening in the ocean. One such app, Shark Net, allows you to track great white sharks through amazing research conducted by Stanford scientists and the Global Tagging of Pacific Predators team. In the app you can view a 3-D model of the shark, browse its latest sightings, historical trajectory and read its biography. You can view photos and watch videos of the sharks, all given names of course, and even choose to ‘support’ a shark thereby supporting the research.
Another app, that I was particularly attracted to, Rippl, provides tips on how to live a greener life while explaining how your actions impact the ocean. Sounds a bit Jiminey Crickett like right? Out of curiosity I decided to download it and give it a go. It is free after all.
I downloaded the app and in less than a minute it was up and running. It operates on the principle of the tip. Each week you get a new tip. My first tip was “switch to cloth napkins” (to reduce money and trash the app explains). Then you set up a routine, the app will send you an environmentally friendly reminder each day (at the time of your choice) about completing the tip. Once you complete the tip you check it off. Seems fair enough. While I didn’t rush out to buy cloth napkins, my flatmates and I own some already so I checked off the tip. When you complete the tip and check it off (yes) you receive a virtual ‘high five.’ If you don’t complete it that day and mark it with an ‘x’ (no), you receive a response stating ‘That’s alright. You’ll remember next time.’ You can even suggest a tip or show off your progress on your Facebook or Twitter account by linking the app to your profile.
It seems it’s easy enough to incorporate this app or any app about the ocean, marine life or conservation into your daily regimen of computing. So, on your gadget of choice, check out your options and see what you can do to reduce your impact on the destruction of our oceans.