Boosting Efforts and Efficiency in the Fight Against Climate Change

In the face of escalating climate challenges, nonprofits are pivotal in driving impactful solutions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can significantly enhance these efforts by providing powerful tools to boost efficiency and effectiveness.

That is why, with support from and AWS, we launched AI for Changemakers,  an acceleration program for ambitious and AI-ready nonprofits. Our mission is to support 110 nonprofits on their AI journey by defining their AI strategy and connecting them with tech companies willing to partner with them pro bono.

Let’s explore how climate nonprofits can harness AI, supported by insights from leading experts and practical examples. 


The Power of AI in Climate Action

“Our climate-related initiatives, including the Zero Hunger Hackathon and Air Quality Hackathon, as well as the #TechForClimate campaign, have demonstrated that technological solutions can boost nonprofits. Given the urgency of climate-related issues and the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence, leveraging AI’s potential is essential in today’s context.” Angelika Nocon, Nonprofit Relations Manager at Tech To The Rescue

Practical AI Use Cases for Nonprofits


1. Deforestation Mapping

AI, combined with satellite imagery and ecological expertise, offers a powerful tool for monitoring deforestation. According to the World Economic Forum, AI systems can rapidly process satellite data to map deforestation and assess its impact in real-time.

Impact Data:

  • Speed: Reduces analysis time from days to hours.
  • Accuracy: Enhances detection accuracy, identifying patterns missed by traditional methods.


2. Waste Management and Recycling

AI systems optimize waste management processes, leading to higher recycling rates and reduced landfill usage. By analyzing waste composition and improving sorting processes, AI helps develop efficient recycling programs.

Impact Data:

  • Efficiency: Improves sorting accuracy by up to 90%.
  • Environmental Benefit: Reduces CO2 emissions from landfills by up to 20%


3. Precision Agriculture

AI technologies revolutionize agriculture through precision farming practices. AI-powered systems analyze data from soil sensors, weather forecasts, and crop health monitors to optimize irrigation, fertilization, and pest control.

Impact Data:

  • Resource Use: Reduces water usage by up to 30% and fertilizer use by 20%.
  • Yield Improvement: Increases crop yields by 10-15%, ensuring food security and sustainability.


4. Smart Water Management

AI can optimize water usage in agriculture and urban areas by predicting water needs based on weather data and soil moisture levels. This helps in conserving water and reducing the energy required for irrigation.

Impact Data:

  • Water Conservation: Reduces water consumption by up to 20%.
  • Energy Efficiency: Lowers energy use in water management systems by optimizing pump schedules.


5. Ocean Conservation and Protection

AI plays a crucial role in monitoring and protecting ocean ecosystems. AI-powered systems can analyze satellite and underwater drone data to track illegal fishing activities, monitor coral reef health, and predict changes in marine biodiversity.

Impact Data:

  • Illegal Fishing: AI can help reduce illegal fishing activities by up to 30% by providing real-time monitoring and alerts.
  • Coral Health: AI enhances the accuracy of coral health assessments, allowing for timely interventions to prevent coral bleaching.


Boosting Nonprofit Efforts with AI


Key Benefits of AI for Nonprofits

  • Data-Driven Decisions: Provides actionable insights, enabling strategic planning and implementation.
  • Efficiency and Scale: Automates and optimizes processes, achieving greater impact with limited resources.
  • Real-Time Monitoring: Facilitates continuous environmental monitoring for timely interventions.



AI is not a panacea but a critical tool that significantly enhances the efforts of nonprofits. By integrating AI into their operations, nonprofits can improve efficiency, scale their impact, and make informed decisions, contributing to a sustainable and resilient future. Embracing AI can transform climate action initiatives, driving progress and innovation in the fight against one of the greatest challenges of our time.

For more information and to join the AI for Changemakers Accelerator Program visit the program website. 


  • “9 ways AI is being deployed to fight climate change.”  World Economic Forum, 2024 
  • Minevich, Mark. “How To Fight Climate Change Using AI.” Forbes, 2022.
  • Sandalow, David et al. “Artificial Intelligence for Climate Change Mitigation Roadmap.” ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project, December 2023. ICEF Roadmap.
  • “Green intelligence: AI could boost efforts to fight climate change.” The Economist Impact, 2023.
  • “The Role of AI in Environmental Protection: From Forests to Oceans.” Medium, 2024 

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