A UN report released this year reveals that one million species are at risk of extinction. This biodiversity imbalance threatens ecosystems around the world, impacting not only human beings but the rest of life on earth as well.
Living organisms play important roles in pollination, flood prevention, water, and air purification, in addition to soil conservation. Ecological balance ensures reproduction, nourishment, and equilibrium of species. By destroying our ecosystems, we are destroying our food security, health, and quality of life.
Many factors contribute to species extinction, including:
Aside from having the opportunity to use your knowledge, creativity, and passion for sustainable impact in real-world applications and showcase your ideas, you will also have a chance to:
Marine Life Preservation
The global threat of wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated $10-20 billion annually and continues to grow. It has links to transnational organized crime - including drug, weapon, and human trafficking - threatens national security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, pushes species to the brink of extinction, and spreads disease.
The U.S. Department of State runs Zoohackathon, a global competition to develop new and innovative technological tools to fight wildlife trafficking. Zoohackathon 2019 events, including the ongoing Hong Kong-based “Keeping Wildlife in the Wild” challenge, are taking place in 15 sites across the world. At each competition, an expert panel of judges selects a winning solution. For more information on Zoohackathon please visit: http://zoohackathon.com/