On March 23, 2023, Greenpeace, a climate activism group, joined forces with artist-activist Benjamin Von Wong to launch a campaign advocating for a change in Bitcoin’s consensus mechanism to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) model.
Greenpeace has now unveiled a new artwork called the “Skull of Satoshi.” The artwork features an 11-foot (3.3-meter) tall skull with the Bitcoin logo and red laser eyes. The artwork is intended to draw attention to the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining and urge financial institutions to take responsibility for their investments, goods, and services related to the cryptocurrency.
Some climate activists think #Bitcoin is just fake internet money they can safely ignore.
The truth? Bitcoin is causing dangerous amounts of real-world pollution from its ravenous consumption of fossil fuels, all due to its outdated code.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 23, 2023
The art piece has generated a lot of interest due to its striking appearance and the symbolism of its design. Some have interpreted it as a warning against the negative environmental impacts of Bitcoin mining. In contrast, others see it as a celebration of cryptocurrencies’ decentralized and disruptive nature.
On Twitter, Bitcoin enthusiasts praised the artwork, with many expressing their enthusiasm for it. Some have speculated that the positive response may cause the group to regret making the artwork.
I bet you’re having instant regrets. You just managed to make #Bitcoin cooler still. I’m getting this made onto a t-shirt.
— Christopher Calicott (@mecee) March 24, 2023
That skull is fucking awesome. Thank you for your contribution to bitcoin.
Btw the code is open-source. Anyone can change it. Submit a pull request?
— Stephen Cole (@sthenc) March 24, 2023
Bro this is metal as fuck, please keep hating on bitcoin while making bad ass art to promote it.
— Mandrik (@Mandrik) March 24, 2023
Greenpeace is a global environmental organization that campaigns for solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, and ocean pollution. However, it has faced criticism over its tactics, sources of funding, and the impact of its campaigns.
Some argue that Greenpeace’s acceptance of corporate funding compromises its independence and undermines its credibility as an environmental watchdog. Lyn Alden, founder of an investment strategy firm, claimed that Greenpeace went from being irrelevant to becoming directly harmful and also tagged the organization’s corporate funding method as embarrassing.
It’s unfortunate that Greenpeace went from irrelevant to directly harmful. But here we are.
Your corporate funding is harmful and embarrassing. I encourage you to try to do better. pic.twitter.com/kFRmWiomqE
— Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact) March 24, 2023
The artist, Von Wong, who created the artwork for the Greenpeace project, also faced criticism for partnering with the organization. In response to the criticism, Wong expressed surprise and appreciation for the constructive conversations that arose. He noted that he rarely expects such dialogue and is grateful for those who have chosen to defend him. Wong also expressed a desire for more discussion and learning opportunities in the future.
I rarely expect to find constructive conversations on the internet, but the DMs have been worth the heat.
Learning a lot from @level39 , @DSBatten, and @thetrocro – BTC supporters AND environmentalists. Looking forward to more dialogue! https://t.co/8LLPwpatxV
— Von Wong (@thevonwong) March 24, 2023
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