Welp, scratch that charity off my list

World Wildlife Fund UK just made the most bone-headed announcement. As a supposedly environment-friendly organization, you’d think they’d know that the most environmentally unsound investment you could make is in blockchain and NFTs, but that’s what they’re doing — selling NFTs.

I don’t believe that claim that “each transaction has the equivalent carbon emissions of a glass of tap water”. It’s built on a lie.

This was an enlightening response.

That’s the way of it. NFTs are hopelessly confusing and complicated, but there’s always some enthusiastic tech-bro who wants to see his personal investment validated, so he proselytizes fanatically and convinces a befuddled management that this really is the way to get more funding for their cash-strapped organization (and charities are always cash-strapped, and so are good marks for this kind of scheme).

Have you got a passionate NFT-proponent working for you? Fire ’em. You see someone on Facebook or Twitter with an NFT avatar? Block ’em.


  1. call me mark says

    Is it just me that can’t shake the idea that NFT is actually an abbreviation for “non-functional token”?

  2. Artor says

    I think we need to look at the carbon emissions involved in refining and casting the glass, and boiling and distilling the water to get anywhere near parity here.

  3. wzrd1 says

    @Artor, it’s closer to calculating the carbon emissions needed to make the concrete plant, concrete kiln, running the concrete kiln, making and running the earth moving machinery, building the glass factory and distillation plant equaling those shitcoins.
    Shitcoin and other block chain bullshit is to an economy what minecraft is to actual mining.

  4. stwriley says

    It’s the Tulip Mania all over again, just with even more obscure objects. At least with tulip bulbs, when the market inevitably crashes because there are no greater fools left to buy them at their inflated prices, you still can plant them and get pretty flowers. With NFTs you have nothing at all.

  5. PaulBC says

    There was a brief but unusually heated debate over making NFTs of Conway’s Game of Life patterns. I personally wasn’t scandalized by the idea, but I doubted it would really take off, for a variety of reasons, not least the obscurity of the topic.

    Ultimately, some were put up on OpenSea. There was a little initial movement, but not much since.

  6. anonymous3 says

    I’ve only been able to come up with two actual use cases from blockchain technologies and neither of them are as an investment or currency.

  7. Walter Solomon says

    stwriley @4
    And if push comes to shove, you can actually eat the tulip bulbs. That’s how Audrey Hepburn survived starvation when the Nazis invaded Holland.

  8. gijoel says

    WWF use to have Prince Phillip as its president. A man who enjoyed blasting birds to smithereens and running foxes down to exhaustion to be torn apart by dogs.

  9. khms says

    #8 @anonymous3

    I’ve only been able to come up with two actual use cases from blockchain technologies and neither of them are as an investment or currency.

    Interesting, because so do I, and one of them isn’t public. The first is git, which essentially chains the revisions so you can know you have the correct sources and every chain from another known version.

    And the second is a private backup system I once started (never even wrote the restore part) that just does that with a backup, not with any changes in between, but different from git also saves exact file attributes and so forth. (And yes, it was definitely based on ideas from git.) Maybe I should take another look on that one, I could really use that …

  10. Chakat Firepaw says

    @Marcus Ranum #7

    I always get them confused with the World Wildlife Wrestling Foundation

    Perhaps we could have the WWWA send a couple of their trouble consultants to take a look into some NFT exchange server locations.

  11. davidc1 says

    I thought Tulip bulbs were poisonous?The Dutch did suffer a lot during the last six months of the war.
    I mean the parts that were still under German control until the end.

  12. PaulBC says

    davidc1@14 You’d think, but I guess not. Anyway, when I hear “Audrey Hepburn survived on a diet of only tulip bulbs.” my first reaction is “That makes perfect sense.”