Philippines Environmentalists Find Value in Blockchain For Cleaning Up Polluted Water
Environmentalists Find Value in Blockchain Technology, Using It To Clean Up and Save Pasig River (Among Other Areas)
In an effort to execute preservation efforts for the Pasig River, the Philippines’ Pasig River Rehabilitation Council (PRRC) has decided to work with environmentalists in the area. Their goal is to use this blockchain tech to promote better knowledge regarding the needs of rivers and seas around the world, and what cleaning efforts should be made.
The idea to use Pasig River as the first proof-of-concept (PoC) of the organization was a collaborative decision between the partners. According to CypherOdin and BOTcoin CEO Mariano Jose Diaz Villafuerte IV, this area is one of the most polluted rivers within the Philippines, making it a perfect chance to show what blockchain can do. He said,
“We first came up with the idea of showcasing how blockchain technology can solve real-world problems and clean up the environment specifically, using Boracay Island [a tourist resort island in central Philippines] as an example. However, the government shut the island down in April, so we looked at the Pasig River instead as the next most important body of water in the country.”
CypherOdin is highly ambitious, seeking to go beyond their efforts in PRRC, and join up with other government entities to ensure that this project comes to fruition. Right now, Villafuerte has gone as far as to put out his company’s services in this work for no cost at all. Their plan is to install Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which will go both along the river and in it. These devices will record important details about the water quality, tide levels, and other important information that will show the continued progress of the project.
Hopefully, the information about the plastic and garbage in the river will promote better solutions. CypherOdin wants to additionally employ the use of drones along the river to survey the area, which will light up the plastic with a laser light on a microscopic level. Villafuerte explained the efforts in a little more depth, saying:
“We will collect all the data we gather from these IoT and process them, so we will have comprehensive information on where the plastics and garbage are coming from, how they are moving, among others. This would allow us to analyze and come up with recommendations on how to best clean up the rivers of this debris.”
There are plans for a widespread campaign to spread information about these changes. The company wants to primarily focus on educating the communities that reside along the riverbanks and near the river. With these reminders, it is hopeful that the residents do their part to clean up the area. To provide an incentive to consumers, these communities will be offered BOTcoin cryptocurrencies for collecting trash and for simply not polluting it further.
Villafuerte said, “This would encourage the community also to respect the river because they will be earning something from it.”
The changes that this project stimulates will not just impact the local area. The information found could easily impact other areas in the world that also need to be preserved, including India’s Ganges River, Brazil’s Amazon, and the Yangtze in China. Essentially, “this is blockchain as a service (BaaS) and data as a service (DaaS),” says Villafuerte.
Pollution is a major problem in the world and using blockchain as a way to analyze and solve it is an innovative approach. Right now, the only cryptocurrency in the world that has stepped up to help with this plastic crisis.