In his speech at the COP26 Summit, Cointelegraph’s Editor-in-Chief shared an expert opinion on the potential impact of the crypto community on green initiatives.
Cointelegraph Editor-in-Chief Christina Korner spoke Tuesday at the United Nations climate change conference, known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, on the positive impact of the cryptocurrency ecosystem on environmental goals.
Arriving in Scotland’s second largest city after hosting the Lisbon Web Summit in Lisbon last week, Corner gave a presentation on topics ranging from interoperable relationships between people and technology to the impact of Bitcoin (BTC) on mining .
Commenting on the disconnect between traditional energy sectors and the crypto community in implementing climate change initiatives, Korner argued that the emergence of new technologies presents an opportunity for learning, stating:
“Decentralization is an alternative to campanism or, as it is called in English, localism. This is local, narrow thinking as opposed to a global vision of a decentralized world.”
Before moving into the cryptocurrency space, Corner acquired an excellent background in the environmental sector as a communications manager at the Union of French Enterprises for Energy Efficiency and Ecology, and then studied international energy policy and green technologies as a research associate at the ENERPO Center at the European University.
Referring to the often hypocritical tendencies of global conference and summit participants to advocate total behavioral change at the consumer level, rather than advocate for government or corporate action, she stated:
“The key to great historical change is not complete change or displacement, but a new synergy between people, technology and education.”
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Korner offered her take on the misconceptions surrounding bitcoin mining and the impact of tainting the emerging industry because of its early flaws, rather than acknowledging its future energy efficiency potential, Korner said:
“Of course there are pitfalls, as there are in any new industry, but we are on the way to creating more sustainable solutions. What’s really important in the blockchain space is that people are willing to break new ground and look for solutions. and the Climate Change Coalition is a great example of that.”
Crypto Climate Accord is a green initiative bringing together more than 150 companies from the crypto, blockchain, technology and energy industries who have committed to a unified approach to support sustainable development and commit to net carbon emissions by 2030 . Notable contributors include Consensys, theWeb3 Foundation, Ripple, Near Protocol, and Pixl8, among others.
Concluding her presentation, Korner shared a unifying message about humanity’s inherent value in ensuring the future prosperity of Earth’s ecosystem:
“The crypto community is ambitious, bold and full of potential. Innovation is based on synergy. It’s not just technology and people. It’s about us.”