Topher White was visiting a gibbon reserve alongside other volunteers when he stumbled on nature traitors cutting trees down illegally.

Knowing the adverse effects (like the loss of beautiful/ancient trees and the threat to the survival of wild animals) that constant deforestation will have on the environment, he reached out to the authorities to inform them about the crime he had just witnessed, but the police had gotten tired of responding to such constant calls.

Realizing that external help wasn’t forthcoming, White got thinking. His passion for nature led him to ponder hard enough to come up with a tech device that would distinguish chainsaw noise from any other regular sound in the forest and then alert the relevant authorities if it’s the former.


The phones and solar panels were simple to get, so he created a software that would capture the real-time alerts and beam them to a remote location where forest managers can be immediately alerted when another tree gets violated.

His words, “We have to advocate and educate And the best way to do that is to bring the sounds of the forest—into the phones of people thousands of miles away.”

Watch the video above and tell us if you have it in you to be the Topher White for the violated trees around you. Do you even agree that forests deserve this much attention?


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