The entire Chainlife project's carbon footprint from deployment, through mint, and if each token's owner completed a few on-chain transactions, is estimated to be less than 400 pounds of carbon dioxide. Chainlife has preemptively offset 100-times that amount: 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. That's about 5 times the average American home's electricity use - for a year.
The Chainlife project doesn't stop there, it’s going to make a difference on the ground, in the real world. We need to make big changes as soon as possible, because acting today is much more important than acting tomorrow.
"It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F)," said Skea. "Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible."
-International Panel on Climate Change (April 2022 press release), quoting IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Jim Skea.
A portion of Chainlife's minting proceeds will be used to buy a piece of bare land and turn it into a thriving, healthy forest. As trees grow, they pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and lock it up in their living biomass. As long as the forest continues to thrive, carbon can be captured and stored for generations.
In addition to fighting global warming and continually ensuring that the Chainlife project remains carbon negative, forestation of land can have a multitude of benefits. It improves soil health and fights erosion, it cleans the water we drink and the air we breathe, it promotes local biodiversity, and it provides a home for plants and animals that share our little grid of the world.
Additional impact will come from social media outreach and network effects. Matto will share this journey with the world through social media and through links on the project's websites. The more success Chainlife NFTs find, the more it's climate-fighting benefit will be known. Matto's background as a filmmaker, photographer, and educator will be particularly useful here, while he documents the process of turning bare land into a carbon-capturing forest.
Chainlife is going to lead by example and fight climate change - and the world is going to know about it.
One last note:
The API and infrastructure for maintaining Chainlife runs on Azure, which is part of Microsoft, which has been carbon neutral since 2012.