Cointelegraph Editor-in-Chief Kristina Cornèr spoke on 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 a panel discussion at the Web Summit in Lisbon last week, Cornèr spoke on a wide range of topics ranging from building interoperable relationships between people and technology to the impact of Bitcoin (BTC) to the mining industry.
Commenting on the discrepancy between the implementation of climate change initiatives between the traditional energy sectors and the crypto community, Cornèr argued that the advent of new technologies provides an opportunity to learn, stating:
“Decentralization is an alternative to campanilism, or as it is called in the English language, parochialism. This is a local, small mindset as opposed to a global vision of a decentralized world. “
Before moving to the cryptocurrency sector, Cornèr was able to build an illustrious background in the environmental sector as communications manager for the Union of French Companies for Energy Efficiency and Ecology and then studied international energy policy and green technologies as a research fellow at the ENERPO center at the European University.
Regarding the often hypocritical tendencies at global conferences and summits to advocate universal behavior change at the consumer level instead of government or company-led action, she said:
“The key to great historical changes does not lie in a complete change or shift, but in a new synergy between people, technology and education.”
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Non-profit environmental group Germanwatch divided their latest iteration of their annual Climate Change Performance Index 2022. The panel of experts spoke to a global audience about the performance of 60 nations responsible for 92% of global emissions.
Commenting on the misunderstandings surrounding Bitcoin’s mining activities and the impact of tainting a nascent industry on its early shortcomings, Cornèr said:
“Of course, as with any new industry, there are pitfalls, but we are on the way to creating more green solutions. What is really important in the blockchain space is that people are ready to think with a new mindset and look for solutions. “And the climate coalition is a great example of that.”
The Crypto Climate Accord is an environmental initiative that brings together over 150 companies from the crypto, blockchain, technology and energy industries who want to create a unified approach to support sustainability and make commitments for net carbon emissions by 2030. Notable participants include Consensys, Web3 Foundation, Ripple, Near Protocol, and Pixl8, among others.
At the end of her speech, Cornèr shared a unifying message on the inherent worth of humanity amidst technological advances to ensure the future prosperity of the earth’s ecosystem:
“The crypto community is ambitious, brave and full of potential. Innovation means synergy. It’s about technology and about people. It’s about us. “