One of the best chances for averting climate change is to tap into the collective intelligence of the entire scientific and business community to find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The advent of crowdsourcing technology has made it possible for engineers, scientists and businesspeople to collaborate on finding solutions to an array of complicated problems, such as how to limit energy consumption without decreasing quality of life.
Recognizing the power of the internet to foster these partnerships, The Climate Group, a non-profit dedicated to combating global warming, has created EarthHack, a contest in which individuals from around the globe can work together to identify ways of mitigating the effects of anthropogenic climate change.
EarthHack will be hosted on Marblar, a platform that allows for people all over the world to submit ideas for solving scientific and technological issues. It is being supported in part by consumer product manufacturers IKEA and Phillips. The goal of these submissions should be to rethink technology in the home as it exists today to be more efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million tons per year by 2020.
Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of academics and researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, along with executives from the corporate sponsors and professionals in the clean technology field. The winner will receive $15,000 and a trip to Climate Week NY 2013 in New York City.
Competitions like EarthHack could accelerate the green living revolution, so check back with LifeIsGreen.com for more updates on how the scientific community is tackling the biggest environmental issues of the day.