Green apps for everyone’s smartphone
On a recent visit to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, I found a great flier detailing some great apps for your smartphone that will connect you with nature. Thanks to the folks at the Habitat Hollow at the zoo who did all the research, some of which I will share below. I threw in a few eco apps I found as well:
• InstantWild: Lets you view wildlife in their habitat thanks to motion-sensitive cameras around the world.
• Project Noah: Discover nature, participate in and create your own research projects and document your findings as a citizen scientist.
• MyNature Animal Tracker: Identify animal tracks with this easy-to-use app.
• LeafSnap: Identify any leaf you find with this cool app.
• NatureFind: Use this app when you travel to find the parks, trails and outdoor experiences near you.
• Seafood Watch: Make smart and responsible seafood decisions with this app and enjoy good recipes too. You can search fishing companies, stores and restaurants and find out which seafood is best to buy.
• Virtual Water: Calculate your “water footprint” with this app and find out what a good steward you are of the earth’s one percent of drinkable water.
• The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Search videos, pictures, conservation news, the Friend Finder and information to plan your next visit.
• The GoodGuide: Reviews environmental and social implications of thousands of products.
• The GreenMeter: Powered to keep track of your car’s fuel efficiency-just pull it up and put your phone on the dashboard and it will calculate easy-to-read graphics.
• Ecoble: Sends sustainable news and information to your phone.
• Fair Trade Finder: Lets you search and add where Fair Trade products are sold.
• Dirty Dozen: Helps you avoid the most contaminated fruits and vegetables with listing and research from Environmental Working Group.
My has the world changed since the days of looking things up in the encyclopedia or in the library’s card catalog. Who would have guessed we would have such information and services so readily available? If you don’t have a “smart” phone yet, my guess is phones will all be smart in the future as the prices are starting to come down. Happy “apping!”
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in green living.