The Bounties Network is teaming up with ConsenSys Social Impact to tackle the issue of plastic waste in our oceans.
Back in June, the Network undertook its first bounty-based social impact project with MakerDAO as part of World Oceans Day. However, since then, the team have been looking to see how they can make a bigger impact.
As part of their first pilot, they will be targeting Manila Bay in the Philippines. According to Greenpeace, the Philippines is the third biggest source of plastic ocean pollution in the world, making it an ideal place for the Bounties Network to start.
Taking place over two days from the 1st and 2nd of December, from 0800 until 1700 on both days, participants will be cleaning up the Las Piñas–Parañaque Critical Habitat Area. They will be paid up to 550 Philippine pesos ($10.50) per day, which will be made in Ether.
Taking to Twitter, Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, announced the project.
In Manila, participants will be paid in ETH for spending a few hours cleaning up one of the most heavily polluted beaches in the world. @ethBounties & @ConsenSysImpact are proving a new model where people fund causes directly without intermediaries.https://t.co/Q1hs7Cp0pA — Joseph Lubin (@ethereumJoseph) November 26, 2018
On its website, the Network said:
With our oceans in crisis, the devastating ecological consequences of our actions are becoming abundantly clear, and global solutions are needed. We believe blockchain-based bounties have the potential to incentivize global participation in social impact projects and donation crowdsourcing.
The hope is that this will create a “decentralized social impact contribution network with the ability to extend across the globe.” By doing so, it will “incentivize and activate millions of hours of human capital” that will “collaborate for positive social and environmental outcomes.”
According to the UN, 80 percent of all pollution in our oceans comes from people. Additionally, eight million tons of plastic per year end up in our oceans, impacting wildlife, jobs, and tourism. With plastic causing billions of dollars worth of damage each year, steps need to be taken to tackle the issue.
With Bounties for the Ocean, it’s hoping to achieve just this.
In order to receive Ether for the cleanup, a photo of the participant and the rubbish they’ve collected must be taken at the Las Piñas–Parañaque Critical Habitat Area. This should then be uploaded with one of the Bounties anchor volunteers. If possible, the image should be shared on social media tagging @ethBounties and using #bountiesfortheoceans.
Each correct submission will be rewarded 0.03 ETH on acceptance.
Will you be taking part in the Manila beach cleanup? Let us know in the comments below.
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