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Blocking the menace of plastic pollution, using Blockchain

Plastic is an incredibly convenient material but it also can result in significant environmental degradation. As plastics are non-biodegradable, over time they don't fully decompose, rather they simply break into smaller and smaller pieces in a process that can last hundreds of years. In 2010 alone, it was estimated that 8-20 million tonnes of plastic made its way to the ocean. According research, plastic pollution is responsible for the annual deaths of about 1-million birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually. Projections are that by 2025, the amount of plastic waste finding its way into the ocean may increase to about 70 million tonnes if the current trends continue.

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Digital technologies can overcome this challenge by using blockchain and citizen science. Anyone with a smartphone can be empowered to generate cryptocurrency by mapping and producing open geospatial data on plastic pollution

edited on 31st January 2019, 14:01 by Charles Clerck

Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Cyril, on a similar theme but not entirely the same is our idea is this post - Connecting Waste(s) Producers with Recyclers/Reusers Using Digital Technology https://ukri.crowdicity.com/post/807110

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Cyril France 2 weeks ago

Hi Charles, thanks for alerting me. I will take a look at the idea: Connecting Waste(s) Producers with Recyclers/Reusers Using Digital Technology.

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Josephine Muchogu 2 weeks ago

Hi Cyril,
Kindly indulge me and and assist me to unpack your idea, as this is a grey area of digital innovation for me.

I am with you in as far as geo-mapping plastic pollution by citizens.
You lost me at generating cryptocurrency. How will this work and what impact will it have on the plastics menace?

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Cyril France 2 weeks ago

Hi Josephine,
Thanks for taking an interest in my post. The idea is to reward contributors with an original blockchain token called "Littercoin" as a reward for the production of open geospatial data. With a potential monetary or utility incentive made possible through blockchain technology, we might be able to incentivize and facilitate the rapid production of geospatial data at a global scale. Although a monetary value or general utility is yet to be defined, users may begin collecting and trading these tokens with others who value their creation. As cryptocurrencies are typically permissionless, the possibilities for a Littercoin are endless. For example, a business that appreciates the work being done by the data contributors could offer a reward (eg. a discount) in exchange for a Littercoin. Such businesses could then use an accumulation of Littercoin's as a cost-effective marketing strategy to attract more customers and showcase their appreciation of the work being done by the open geospatial data on plastic pollution community.

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Josephine Muchogu 2 weeks ago

Thank you for walking me through how the "Littercoin" (catchy name) would work. I like the reward scheme as a way of drawing attention to waste mapping, and consequently waste management. I see so many possibilities for this.

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Cyril France 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your interest and the comment. Indeed, there are many possibilities.

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Osu 2 weeks ago

As good as incentive is, I think it is unsustainable. How easy is it to get littercoins to pay out? The idea is good but I feel people need to be responsible for their environment

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Cyril France 2 weeks ago

Interesting point, Osu. I couldn’t agree more. People need to be responsible for their environment. But what are the incentives and disincentives for that environmental trust or responsibility? If I understand you correctly, your concern is how easy is it to get littercoins to pay out? The idea of a Littercoin, is a token on the Ethereum blockchain as a reward for proof of their work. This is analogous to the proof of work mining protocol on blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, because the production of Littercoin is not as financially or technically restrictive as producing Bitcoin or Ether, Littercoin (although facilitated by Ethereum) makes the “mining” (i.e. reward) of a token even more accessible. A monetary value or utility is yet to be defined, users may begin collecting and trading these tokens with others who value their creation.
Thanks,
Cyril

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Josephine Muchogu 1 week ago

Hi Osu,
Marketing opportunities will often incentivise investors to do the right thing.
Currently in the construction industry, the green rating and certification of buildings (LEED from the US Green Building Council, EDGE from IFC, Green Star Rating from Australian Green Building Council, etc) have become a vehicle for investors to attract more green conscious buyers and tenants to opt for their developments as they invest in real estate.

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Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Idea

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Temitope Sogbanmu 2 weeks ago

Hello Cyril,

I really find this idea interesting. I particularly appreciate the involvement of people (citizen science) in generating data for mapping which will ultimately promote environmental advocacy and management interventions in target areas.

You can check my post on 'Digital Technology: An Innovative Tool for Environmental Advocacy Initiatives' - https://ukri.crowdicity.com/post/733320

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Cyril France 2 weeks ago

What are your thoughts on this idea, blocking the menace of plastic pollution, using Blockchain?

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