Over the past decade, both locally and globally, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability. The current growth of technology has made it possible to do more with less, which has led to the rapid expansion of the world’s population and at the same time causing unprecedented destruction of our natural resources.
We have an unprecedented understanding of climate change and its impact on our world. As a result, many are looking for ways to survive more sustainably, both personally and professionally.
Protecting the rain forest
The Amazon rain forest is in danger. In fact, it is in very big trouble.
Over the past few decades, about one-fifth of the Amazon’s forests have been cleared and converted into agricultural land for soybean cultivation and cattle farming. Deforestation is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil. Worldwide, deforestation accounts for about 20% of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Rainforests cover 5.5 million square kilometers (2.1 million square miles), or 40% of South America. It stores an estimated 120 billion metric tons of carbon – the equivalent of 10 times the amount of carbon people emit into the atmosphere each year. Yet, humanity is still actively destroying a key to life.
Amazon Watch is a leading environmental organization fighting the decline of Amazon. One of the initiatives supported by Next Earth, the project sells NFT tiles from digital replicas of Earth. With each NFT purchase, 10% is allocated to an environmental organization like Amazon Watch.
To clean the ocean
We have an ocean crisis. The rapid deterioration of the environment is endangering marine life, and many experts believe that we may be reaching the point of return.
As the world’s population continues to grow and become more industrialized, this has put increasing pressure on our natural resources. With more than three-quarters of fish stocks fully exploited or over-exploited, and it is expected that by 2050 there will be more plastic in weight than ocean fish, there are serious concerns about what this means for the future of our ecosystem.
The solution to this problem is not as simple as banning plastics – although it will certainly help – there will be a big change in how we live our lives to change consumer behavior. But perhaps technology could play a role?
Cleaning the ocean is an initiative aimed at removing plastic waste from our oceans. Like Amazon Watch, an allocation for NFT purchases in the next Earth is donated to this environmental group.
Innovative companies like Next Earth have come up with solutions that allow us to rethink how we use digital content; From virtual real estate, and soon to land art, which can be bought and sold as NFT.
These NFTs allow people to express themselves as owners of unique assets on social media platforms rather than simply being “branded” users or tracking their data online. This allows them more control over how they present themselves online, which has obvious benefits for society just looking cool: freedom from adjustment improves mental health.
Ultimately, NFTs are powerful in many ways: as a tool for creative self-expression, and as a way to support your famous environmental initiatives, from cleaning oceans to plastic to preserving our precious rainforests.
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