An app and social network that connects environmentally endangered communities
What do the Arctic, Memphis, TN and the Southwest all have in common? They represent the hot spots in America reeling in the first impacts of a warming planet--from rising sea levels, floods, to drought. Yet, these communities, like victims of Hurricane Katrina, are dealt these environmental blows with little relief in sight. Using the concepts of Facebook, and the inviting design of Twitter, the project is meant to connect individuals, advocates and policy makers to share stories, lend advice and politically organize around the goals of improving climate relief strategies. Through existing social media technology, users will be able to set up a mobile chat on their phone, post photos, video and audio from their computer or tablet, and organize the latest meet-up or event in their community. Users will also be able to organize into more specialized groups, based on specific location, climate problem, political cause, etc. Other features of the site will be available to anyone who visits it, including daily trending topics, newsfeeds, donation opportunities and a user-generated mapping system that will show the most concentrated places on the planet where climate impact is being felt most.