Cointelegraph Editor-in-Chief Christina Corner spoke at the UN climate conference known as COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday about the positive impact of the cryptocurrency ecosystem on environmental goals.
When Corner arrived in Scotland’s second largest city last week after hosting committees at the Lisbon Web Summit, Corner spoke on topics ranging from the interactive relationships between people and technology to Bitcoin (BTC) mining.
Commenting on the difference between the traditional energy sectors and the crypto community when it comes to climate change, Korner argued that the emergence of new technologies provides an opportunity to learn, stating:
“Decentralization is an alternative to campaigning, or as it is called in English, constraints. It is a small local mindset versus a global view of a decentralized world.”
Prior to moving into cryptocurrency, Corner earned a well-known qualification working in the environmental sector as Head of Communications at the Confederation of French Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency and the Environment, before continuing his studies of International Energy Policy and Green Technologies as a Research Fellow. At the European University’s ENERPO Center.
Discussing the often hypocritical inclinations of conference and global summit participants calling for global change in consumer behavior rather than government or corporate action, she stated:
“The key to great historical change lies not in complete change or change, but in new interactions between people, technology, and education.”
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Instead of acknowledging its future potential for energy efficiency, Korner expressed his views on the misconceptions surrounding the bitcoin mining activity and the impact of launching a nascent industry on its early failures:
“Of course, there are drawbacks, as with every new industry, but we are on the right track to creating more environmentally friendly solutions. What is really important about blockchains is that people are willing to think with a new mindset and look for solutions, and the Climate Coalition is a good example.”
Crypto Climate Accord is a green initiative made up of more than 150 companies across the crypto, blockchain, technology and energy industries that strive to create a unified approach to support sustainability while also promising to produce cleaner carbon by 2030. Other major contributors include Consensys, theWeb3 Foundation, Ripple and Near Protocol and Pixl8.
At the end of his speech, Korner shared a unifying message about the inherent value of humanity to ensuring the future prosperity of Earth’s ecosystem:
“The cryptocurrency community is ambitious, bold and full of potential. Innovation is synergy. It goes beyond technology and people. It matters to us.”