the environment

I constantly draw inspiration from nature. I've hiked in some of the most beautiful places around the world, including Glacier National Park, where I took the photo above. I've worked to reduce my carbon footprint; I reduce, reuse, and recycle; and more. So it is disheartening that many of today's cryptocurrencies — and NFTs built on that crypto — have a significant problem: an extraordinary use of energy. Despite the potential benefits to artists and art collectors, the environmental impact of NFTs is impossible to ignore once you've learned about it.

For the Quantrian project, I am approaching this from two angles.

Terrapass BadgeFirst, to combat the impact of existing Quantrian NFTs minted through Ethereum, carbon offsets have been purchased through Terrapass — enough to cover 227kg of CO2 per NFT, more than current lifetime estimates for an individual NFT.

Second, Quantrian NFTs have shifted to minting through cryptocurrencies using low-impact "proof of stake" consensus mechanisms rather than the energy-intensive "proof of work" — such as Polygon / MATIC, which is estimated to use 0.05% of the energy of Ethereum transactions. Existing Ethereum NFTs cannot be transitioned without incurring significant energy, which I'm trying to avoid, but future ones will all be low-impact.

If you would like to own a Quantrian image without an NFT impact, fine art prints are available through Vsual.