2020 Technology & Conservation Webinar Series

Technology’s Role in Conserving and Protecting Our Natural World

In 2020, GEC will explore how technology can contribute to global biodiversity and conservation efforts in its 5-part webinar series on Technology’s Role in Conserving and Protecting Our Natural World. This topic is of critical importance as the world faces an alarming decline in plant and animal species and the unknown consequences that this loss of species will have on the well-being of all lifeforms on the planet. A recent United Nations’ report projects that up to 1 million of the world’s estimated 8 million plant and animal species could be lost over the coming decades. While food crop production has increased 300% since 1970, 23% of land areas have seen a reduction in productivity because of land degradation, 11% of the world’s population is undernourished, and seed diversity for the crops we all rely on has decreased significantly. As the world struggles to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change, loss of animal and plant diversity threatens our ability to feed ourselves, discover new medicines and counteract the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. Technology, like drones, sensors, and apps, have the potential to identify, monitor, and create action around biodiversity and conservation issues.


Webinar #1:

Using Technology to Address Food Insecurity Challenges
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern

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The United Nation’s (UN’s) Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that more than 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2019. This figure makes meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal’s target of ending hunger everywhere by 2030 a daunting task. What role can information technology play in achieving this critical objective? This webinar will discuss how technology can be used to increase food productivity in a sustainable way, ensure seed diversity, and improve access to food in regions facing moderate to severe food insecurity.

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5101265966241758731

Webinar #2:

Water is Not Optional: Keeping Water Clean for Everyone
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern

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According to the World Health Organization, over 2 billion people live without access to clean water, an essential element for all life. At the same time, we are polluting the world’s rivers and oceans at an alarming rate. Eight million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year, and it is predicted that this waste will outweigh all the ocean’s fish by 2050. This webinar will explore how various technologies are being used to keep oceans, rivers, and drinking water clean for animals and people in the face of increasing pollution.

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3095794140573828363

Webinar #3:

How Eavesdropping on Nature Can Keep the Planet Healthy
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern

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Technology is changing the way scientists study nature. Their observations no longer need to stop once they leave the field, as new tools allow scientists to continue seeing, hearing, and collecting data far from their subjects of interest. This can help the world better understand how humans are impacting the health of natural systems. Attendees of this webinar will get a firsthand account of how a variety of technological tools, such as sensors and apps, are being used to listen to, monitor, and increase the biodiversity and health of forests, animals, insects, and oceans.

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/766011464688649483

Webinar #4:

Can Drones Help to Conserve the Planets’ Natural Resources?
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 8:00am Pacific/11:00am Eastern

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Drones aren’t just for hobbyists. They are also used by scientists to monitor natural resources. The unique birds-eye-view drones provide can help in the development of strategies that keep our precious natural resources healthy. This webinar will describe how drones are being used to monitor and protect coral reefs, agricultural productivity, and endangered species.

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/378434715409317387

Webinar #5:

Leading the Way for Conservation: The 2020 Catalyst Awards Winners
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:00am Pacific

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Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the GEC 2020 Catalyst Awards winners and learn how they leverage technology for conservation and a healthy planet! The winners of the awards will provide an overview of their path to success and share how other organizations can adopt these groundbreaking practices.

The winners of the Catalyst Awards will be announced in September.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2868615247066233611


Patricia Dillon

Director, EPEAT Category Development

Green Electronics Council

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