Artists and collectibles have
always played an important
role in supporting and
Today, as art and imagery goes digital, there’s still a way that collecting art can support
environmental causes and wildlife conservation.
Although an ordinary digital file can be copied millions of times, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) allow a unique image to be uniquely traded and owned. NFTs have been controversial because some versions of the technology have been extremely inefficient in energy terms. That’s why Biota has consulted with environmental economists to select an NFT platform with minimal impact on the environment. Each Biota NFT takes about 3 (?) cents worth of electricity, much less in terms of carbon impact than printing the image on a piece of paper and mailing it to you.
NFTs are an opportunity for artists to
make a living from their work through a
global marketplace and individual
recognition, and for conservation
organizations to generate real support
for the animals, plants and habitats they
work so hard to protect.
Biota works directly with local artists and
local conservation organizations around
the world. We commission works of
digital art celebrating endangered
species and habitats at risk. We make
these available on a digital collectibles
platform which is environmentally sound.
And we share the proceeds in a transparent formula: 50% to a local
environmental organization that focuses on that habitat or species; 25% to the local artist who created or contributed to the design; and 25% to fund continued operation and development of the Biota project.
You may notice the stress on local support. We feel strongly that, although the environmental crisis is global, the solutions need to emphasize local communities, recognition, impact and action. That’s why we named the project Biota ... the flora and fauna of a region, the local plants and animals that make life possible and beautiful.
We’re kicking off Biota with a spotlight on a fascinating region and marine ecosystem: the Sea of Cortez; and a uniquely appealing species which is critically endangered: the vaquita. We plan to expand the collection to dozens of different essential habitats and irreplaceable inhabitants around the world.
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