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Hey Celebrities, You Can’t Sell NFTs and Say You’re Helping the Planet – Mother Jones

Hey Celebrities, You Can’t Sell NFTs and Say You’re Helping the Planet – Mother Jones

Hey Celebrities, You Can’t Sell NFTs and Say You’re Helping the Planet – Mother Jones

This story was first published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

However you feel about it, there’s no doubt that 2021 was crypto’s year, and not just because Dogecoin jokes were made by Elon Musk SNL. NFTs are the most likely explanations for how the blockchain came to be.

The digital certificates also known as nonfungible tokens (or digital certificates) have made great strides since the start of the year. The 2014 NFT sales debut. Partly because of one NFT artwork For $69 million in March—and also because celebrities and prominent institutions got in the game. The NBA encouraged fans to buy virtual copies their favorite highlight reelsLogan Paul made some NFTsThe New York TimesDid oneFor journalism, please visit: Time magazine did someFor profit. So did the “Charlie Bit My Finger” guy. Snoop Dogg claimed that he was behind a Account on Twitter that is NFT-focused, pseudonymousIt was strange. Even performance venues like New York’s Blue Note Jazz ClubThey are now offering custom NFTs. (Given the woes of the live-music business, it’s hard to blame them.)

If you’re concerned about NFTs’ side effects—a potentially Speculation-driven bubbleValue instabilityThe possibility of money launderingEncouragement of cruddy artsprofiting off another person’s likeness—this development bodes poorly. Perhaps especially if you’re concerned with an issue many, many celebrities claim they’re worried about: global warming.

Crypto’s overall climate impact remains massive, with certain currencies swallowing up entire nations’ worth of processing power from individual computing units and data centers—much of whose power comes from fossil fuels. Proof of work is the most popular form of cryptocurrency mining. Massive amounts of processing power. Alternative mining methods can be mixed Track record so far, with some ostensibly “sustainable” mining systems still requiring significant amounts of dirty or clean power. Transacting tokens across the blockchain, including NFT and Litecoin. The transaction is fueled by the collective energy of the participantsNo matter what product you are using, it is possible to do so. One estimate suggests that one NFT trade over the popular Ethereum blockchain could generate enough energy to power an entire house for several weeks. And this is all so the buyer can have bragging rights about “owning” an image.

Celebrities selling NFTs while also claiming to care about the environment: What’s your strategy? There are many of you, whatever it may be. Here’s a list—surely incomplete—of luminaries who brand themselves as climate-conscious yet have been also hawking NFTs in some form or the other, ensuring this bizarre digital culture product will linger in the public discourse while possibly We are ruining the art and planet, and our collective sanity.

Adrian Grenier: The Entourage star is going to Clean up our rampant plastic pollution … through the blockchain? Grenier Telled CoinGeek that the blockchain will help save the natural environment by “allowing people to exchange value hyperlocally. So it’s going to be less expensive and with more transparency, so we can keep the value that we create within the community.” Uh-huh.

BTS: Don’t worry, K-pop’s notoriously activist stans are already taking the group’s parent company to task for minting NFTs.

Cara Delevingne: The actress just Launched a new climate campaign in August Months before that, she sold An NFT of her genital area.

Edward Snowden: The NSA whistleblower is Now selling NFTs? To be fair, he Is concerned about the technology … because it could Promulgate scams on gaming platforms.

Anyway, Carbon offsets do not come as an automatic solution.

Ellen DeGeneres: The talk-show host stated that she would like to Increase her environmental conservation efforts after ending her program. Hopefully that won’t NFTs can be used in a greater number of waysOr her best friend George W. Bush.

Flea: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist is a dedicated musician environmental advocate that he You became a beekeeper. So … Someone want to fill him in?

Grimes: The sold-out art-pop artist who literally created a concept album on the Anthropocene and dated a guy in an electric-car has been called a “art-pop artist”. $6 million in crypto art with proceeds going to a think tank that promotes carbon capture.

Halsey: See also: Grimes.

Jack Dorsey: I already laid out the case for why Dorsey’s claim that crypto can help further develop green energy is, at best, dubious. However, the ex-CEO of Twitter sold his company. First tweet as an NFT back in March, so go figure.

Jaden Smith: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s son has done a lot to Climate advocacy should be promoted among his young fan base and to Provide clean water to communities that lack it. He is also believed to have been NFTs: A little bit of everything.

Jane Fonda: What was the inspiration behind this famous celebrity activist? Voice role for animated movie made using NFTs?

Livia Firth: Colin’s wife co-founded a consultancy firm that focuses on sustainable business practices. This same firm also awarded young environmental activists with—you guessed it—their own shiny NFTs.

Mark Cuban: The Shark Tank host and NBA team owner has been trying to gThe climate has been a concern of humanity for many years. He seems to believe that. Carbon offsets purchased—a Dubious emissions-reduction mechanism—through an energy-intensive blockchain marketplace will help that cause. For those who are curious, here is his answer. NFT collection:

Matt DamonMatt Damon is looking for solutions climate change–induced water crises. It’s a good thing that his New partnership with will make it possible.

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Questlove: Loves Promoting plant-based meatsAlso, loves DJing NFT parties at Brooklyn.

Reese WitherspoonHere’s a good tweet:

Spike Lee: In retrospect, many consider Lee’s classic joint Do the Right Thing a prescient warningAbout climate change. Many people also consider him at the moment. Recent crypto shillings to be misguided (though he hasn’t embraced NFTs Just yet).

The StrokesBernie Sanders and AOC have huge admirersThey are also huge fans of I believe these are bored-looking apes.

Tony Hawk: The pro-skater is down to fundraise for climate efforts when he’s not New NFT collections are being offered.

William Shatner: Captain Kirk … You’ve just been to space … Why are you doing this?:

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