Most people have heard of drones through a military context as they’re typically used for more dangerous operations or surveillance. Although still in use for those reasons, drones are being adopted by other industries for a number of amazing purposes.
Many of these new functions are actually helping the environment!You might be wondering how drones--little flying machines--could be used to affect positive changes in the environment.
Well, by making deliveries with drones instead of trucks and planes, companies like Amazon can cut down on carbon emissions generated by delivery vehicles.
Besides offsetting harmful emissions, drones can go into unsafe areas or situations to provide invaluable surveillance and detail without putting emergency response in harm’s way.
Think about forest fires.
By sending in drones, responders can get an idea of the fire’s size and direction and coordinate their plans according to the intel. This not only makes their job safer, it also makes them more effective at fighting fires.
The same goes for wildlife conservation if the area is susceptible to poachers, or those who would harm the local ecosystem. Drones can survey the areas, keep track of animals, and alert authorities to illegal poachers or dumpers.
There are so many ways drones can be used to help the planet
It’s a wonder how such a small piece of equipment--something comparable to a remote-controlled toy--could be used in such impactful ways.
Perhaps that should be no surprise considering what drones were initially designed for. The original purpose was as unmanned military vehicles, so by design, they were created for efficiency and protection.
If you’re curious about all the ways drones are helping protect the planet and make our lives (and habits) a bit greener, take a look at the infographic below.