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Blockchain For Sustainability: A Better World

by: Sharai Hoekema
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Much has been written about the technology of blockchain. This invention of the as of yet unidentified person or entity Satoshi Nakamoto, who published it in 2008, is one of the most hyped methods that will affect businesses on a global level. In its simplest form, blockchain is best described as a ledger or database of sorts. One with an unparalleled level of security, through advanced cryptography techniques, that makes it resistant to modification. 

Blockchain For Sustainability

At the same time, its public and decentralized nature ensure that everyone can have access to it and add to it as they want - after which the peer-to-peer network, over which the database is distributed, has to verify the new data before it becomes set in stone. This makes it an ideal solution for any industry where it is crucial that data is accurate, publicly available, and can be relied on.

Sustainability Applications

While blockchain has achieved most of its fame as the platform enabling cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, it shows plenty of promise for other, widely varying industries as well. To illustrate this versatility, the World Economic Forum has published a comprehensive report on the use of blockchain in environmental conservation, adeptly titled ‘Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet.’ 

Recommended: Sustainability, IoT and AI All Come Together In 2019

It looks at potential game-changing applications of blockchain in battling the most significant dangers that our planet is facing, including environmental degradation, air pollution, and climate change. In this, examples of initiatives per challenge are singled out, which could potentially have a massive positive impact on our globe.

Blockchain And Climate Change 

The applications for blockchain in combatting climate change are diverse. It could include initiatives relevant to any of us, for example, through a citizen loyalty and reward platform, which allows citizens of a particular area to register and be rewarded for their own smart and green home innovations. This includes lighting, heating, and other sustainable intelligent home improvements. 

Recommended: Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms

Another application of blockchain in battling climate change is its function in allowing for sustainable land use. Through blockchain, mining and agricultural activities can closely and publicly be monitored, and through automation of data collection, the entire process can become more sustainable and durable.

Similarly, blockchain could enhance clean power initiatives, for example, through peer-to-peer renewable energy trading systems or optimized distributed grid management. 

A Better World: Biodiversity And Conservation

The application of blockchain can also be used to increase global biodiversity and conservation. It could, for instance, be used to track the geographic reach and movements of endangered animal species. At the same time raise more funds for investments in habitat restoration and species conservation. 

Natural resources, such as wood, can also be better protected and tracked if it is included in a blockchain ledger that requires the input of producers and manufacturers alike. At the same time, it could incentivize farmers and reward them for responsible waste management or limited use of pesticides on their land. 

Recommended: Biodiversity Is Decreasing, And Climate Change Is Worldwide

The word ‘sustainable production’ and ‘sustainable trade’ can also be given more meaning, now that it is possible to track the entire supply chain of produce or livestock. The transparent supply chain will allow consumers to look right back to the origins of a product and verify whether its production has, be sustainable.

Blockchain For Healthy Oceans 

The application of blockchain for the protection of species and habitats in our oceans is mentioned as well, allowing for a decentralized and open-source database with ocean data and tracking data. Secondly, it will allow for more sustainable fishing solutions: fish can be followed, while illegal fishing can quickly be identified.

Recommended: Climate Change Causes Oceans Dead Zones: A Ticking Time Bomb

Additionally, pollution of the oceans can largely be prevented, for example, through incentivized ocean plastic recycling initiatives, as well as a transparent ledger for faster, safer, and more efficient shipping routes. Finally, the impact of climate change can be made visible, for instance, through real-time monitoring of the ocean temperature and collection of data on ocean conditions. And, once again, the ease of fundraising through blockchain will also make a world of difference for our oceans, as people can easily, directly, and safely donate to ocean clean-up efforts or the protection of endangered sea-species.

Blockchain For Clean Water 

Another huge challenge that the world is facing is the availability of clean and safe drinking water. Blockchain could assist through increasing water supply - through water monitoring and micropayment generation for water meter donations - as well as increased water efficiency, through the introduction of peer-to-peer trading systems of excess water supplies and smart meters. 

The quality of water can be improved through control applications. Similarly, adequate sanitation efforts could “feed” more efficient water treatment systems. All the while, blockchain could empower drought planning through monitoring and forecasting of precipitation and the provision of automated crop insurances for drought periods. 

Recommended: Climate Change And Pollution: Biggest Cause Water Shortages

Blockchain For Clean Air

Alongside water, a second resource crucial to humankind is air. After all, without clean water and clean air, life would not be possible. As such, the applications of blockchain towards improving the quality of air are potentially precious as well. These include filtering and capturing solutions, such as the automatic activation of air-filtration devices and the collation of data on air pollutants from various sources. 

Similarly, air quality can be monitored through intelligent methane monitoring systems and real-time, local monitoring of particulates and NO2. Through early warning systems, operating on blockchain, we can be quicker and more effective in combatting potentially hazardous or health-comprising situations. 

Blockchain For Weather And Disaster Resilience

A final byproduct of our current environmental problems is the occurrence of extreme weather and natural disasters. Once again, something that blockchain can offer various applications for: from prediction and forecasting to early warning systems and from resilience planning and resilient infrastructure to the quick deployment of financial instruments to fund recovery efforts and insurance claims. 

Why Include Blockchain?

Blockchain has the potential to not only aid but also transform how we deal with environmental issues. Its potential impact on existing and innovative solutions alike could be huge, primarily through the ease and transparency of the system. Everyone will know what is being done and by who, without any room for error or fraud. Not only will it become painfully obvious where the sore points are, therefore making it easier to identify and punish wrongdoers or great polluters, blockchain is also able to reward and incentivize those who are doing the right thing. 

Recommended: Food Waste Reducing: Environment Is Our Economy Worldwide

As such, industry and consumers alike are pushed to take a good, critical look at their use of resources and the way that they treat the environment. A technology that, therefore, does not only have disruptive and transformative attributes, but that also harnesses the collective self-interests to let people combine their efforts to push the world to a better place.

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Blockchain For Sustainability: A Better World

Much has been written about the technology of blockchain. This invention of the as of yet unidentified person or entity Satoshi Nakamoto, who published it in 2008, is one of the most hyped methods that will affect businesses on a global level. In its simplest form, blockchain is best described as a ledger or database of sorts. One with an unparalleled level of security, through advanced cryptography techniques, that makes it resistant to modification.   Blockchain For Sustainability At the same time, its public and decentralized nature ensure that everyone can have access to it and add to it as they want - after which the peer-to-peer network, over which the database is distributed, has to verify the new data before it becomes set in stone. This makes it an ideal solution for any industry where it is crucial that data is accurate, publicly available, and can be relied on. Sustainability Applications While blockchain has achieved most of its fame as the platform enabling cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, it shows plenty of promise for other, widely varying industries as well. To illustrate this versatility, the World Economic Forum has published a comprehensive report on the use of blockchain in environmental conservation, adeptly titled ‘Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet.’   Recommended:  Sustainability, IoT and AI All Come Together In 2019 It looks at potential game-changing applications of blockchain in battling the most significant dangers that our planet is facing, including environmental degradation, air pollution, and climate change. In this, examples of initiatives per challenge are singled out, which could potentially have a massive positive impact on our globe. Blockchain And Climate Change  The applications for blockchain in combatting climate change are diverse. It could include initiatives relevant to any of us, for example, through a citizen loyalty and reward platform, which allows citizens of a particular area to register and be rewarded for their own smart and green home innovations. This includes lighting, heating, and other sustainable intelligent home improvements.   Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Another application of blockchain in battling climate change is its function in allowing for sustainable land use. Through blockchain, mining and agricultural activities can closely and publicly be monitored, and through automation of data collection, the entire process can become more sustainable and durable. Similarly, blockchain could enhance clean power initiatives, for example, through peer-to-peer renewable energy trading systems or optimized distributed grid management.   A Better World: Biodiversity And Conservation The application of blockchain can also be used to increase global biodiversity and conservation. It could, for instance, be used to track the geographic reach and movements of endangered animal species. At the same time raise more funds for investments in habitat restoration and species conservation.   Natural resources, such as wood, can also be better protected and tracked if it is included in a blockchain ledger that requires the input of producers and manufacturers alike. At the same time, it could incentivize farmers and reward them for responsible waste management or limited use of pesticides on their land.   Recommended:  Biodiversity Is Decreasing, And Climate Change Is Worldwide The word ‘sustainable production’ and ‘sustainable trade’ can also be given more meaning, now that it is possible to track the entire supply chain of produce or livestock. The transparent supply chain will allow consumers to look right back to the origins of a product and verify whether its production has, be sustainable. Blockchain For Healthy Oceans  The application of blockchain for the protection of species and habitats in our oceans is mentioned as well, allowing for a decentralized and open-source database with ocean data and tracking data. Secondly, it will allow for more sustainable fishing solutions: fish can be followed, while illegal fishing can quickly be identified. Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Oceans Dead Zones: A Ticking Time Bomb Additionally, pollution of the oceans can largely be prevented, for example, through incentivized ocean plastic recycling initiatives, as well as a transparent ledger for faster, safer, and more efficient shipping routes. Finally, the impact of climate change can be made visible, for instance, through real-time monitoring of the ocean temperature and collection of data on ocean conditions. And, once again, the ease of fundraising through blockchain will also make a world of difference for our oceans, as people can easily, directly, and safely donate to ocean clean-up efforts or the protection of endangered sea-species. Blockchain For Clean Water  Another huge challenge that the world is facing is the availability of clean and safe drinking water. Blockchain could assist through increasing water supply - through water monitoring and micropayment generation for water meter donations - as well as increased water efficiency, through the introduction of peer-to-peer trading systems of excess water supplies and smart meters.   The quality of water can be improved through control applications. Similarly, adequate sanitation efforts could “feed” more efficient water treatment systems. All the while, blockchain could empower drought planning through monitoring and forecasting of precipitation and the provision of automated crop insurances for drought periods.   Recommended:  Climate Change And Pollution: Biggest Cause Water Shortages Blockchain For Clean Air Alongside water, a second resource crucial to humankind is air. After all, without clean water and clean air, life would not be possible. As such, the applications of blockchain towards improving the quality of air are potentially precious as well. These include filtering and capturing solutions, such as the automatic activation of air-filtration devices and the collation of data on air pollutants from various sources.   Similarly, air quality can be monitored through intelligent methane monitoring systems and real-time, local monitoring of particulates and NO2. Through early warning systems, operating on blockchain, we can be quicker and more effective in combatting potentially hazardous or health-comprising situations.   Blockchain For Weather And Disaster Resilience A final byproduct of our current environmental problems is the occurrence of extreme weather and natural disasters. Once again, something that blockchain can offer various applications for: from prediction and forecasting to early warning systems and from resilience planning and resilient infrastructure to the quick deployment of financial instruments to fund recovery efforts and insurance claims.   Why Include Blockchain? Blockchain has the potential to not only aid but also transform how we deal with environmental issues. Its potential impact on existing and innovative solutions alike could be huge, primarily through the ease and transparency of the system. Everyone will know what is being done and by who, without any room for error or fraud. Not only will it become painfully obvious where the sore points are, therefore making it easier to identify and punish wrongdoers or great polluters, blockchain is also able to reward and incentivize those who are doing the right thing.   Recommended:  Food Waste Reducing: Environment Is Our Economy Worldwide As such, industry and consumers alike are pushed to take a good, critical look at their use of resources and the way that they treat the environment. A technology that, therefore, does not only have disruptive and transformative attributes, but that also harnesses the collective self-interests to let people combine their efforts to push the world to a better place. Before you go! Recommended: B lockchain Technology Is Set To Change Agricultural Trade Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about blockchain? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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