This week’s guest in the Cardano SPO column is a stake pool whose intention is to offer a platform that supports the decentralized vision of blockchain technology, as well as offering all delegates a way in which they can support projects to safeguard the environment : Bio Pool [BIO] .
Last week’s guest was a stake pool from Australia . One of the operators is also the host of the YouTube channel and the Podcast called Learn Cardano .
This initiative is a point of reference for everything related to Cardano and every week or two we will invite a Stake Pool Operator (SPO) to answer a few questions and give us an update directly from within the Cardano community.
Considering that many of our readers are new to the crypto space, we will have a mix of simple and technical questions.
Hi, I’m glad to have you here. Tell us something about yourself, where do you come from and what are your backgrounds?
Hi, thank you very much for this invitation. We are Beatrix and Christian from Germany. We are husband and wife and we share the same love for nature. Over the past 10 years we have worked hard to defend it by supporting various global organizations. We also spend our holidays doing beach and coast cleaning or helping wild animals by supporting sanctuaries. We both have normal jobs: my wife is a teacher in a kindergarten and I work in the IT sector for a German hotel group.
When did you discover Cardano and how do you find the process of managing a stake pool? What’s the hardest part?
We entered late, in late 2020. We were not familiar with cryptocurrencies before, and I came across a video by Charles Hoskinson about Cardano and decentralization. It caught my attention in the first few minutes and a couple of hours later I was infected. Charles to me is one of the smartest individuals I have ever seen in my entire life. The way he talks about the Cardano blockchain and its possibilities is simply brilliant. He’s a superhero in my eyes, and I’m happy to be a part of it all.
In the beginning, the hardest part for us was getting into social media and making our stake pool public. We never used social networks before starting our pool because our lives were practically offline between friends and family. My wife used Instagram a bit because of the charities we follow, but that’s about it. We are just ordinary people with a passion for protecting the environment. The first few months were tough because we didn’t know how Twitter worked and that we first needed to get followers to attract people. Getting attention there isn’t easy, especially for us who aren’t native English speakers.
Can you tell us more about your efforts to protect the environment and animal welfare? Why is it important to you?
We created this pool because we weren’t able to find a place to stake our ADAs. The pools lack transparency or simply do not support the organizations of our interest. Being “mission driven” is a very delicate matter. Sure, a stake pool can simply donate money anywhere and call itself mission driven, but charity means so much more to us.
My wife and I are very empathetic and if we see that other people, animals or even the environment suffer, we also suffer at the thought. It bothers us and we can’t ignore it, whether it’s seeing horrible pictures / news from organizations, through personal research or in real life. It is mainly animals that are affected by cruel actions. They are kept in captivity, are losing their habitats due to forest fires or deforestation, and are hunted for profit / trade. All of this is man-made and we fail to understand why people commit these kinds of atrocities.
Everyone and everything, even nature, should be treated equally and with respect! My wife and I no longer want to tolerate this, we want to take responsibility and stop this crime. We want to help those who cannot help themselves. This is our job! And of course, we are very grateful that various environmental organizations are acting and helping locally. We must support them for their brilliant work. For the past two years, we have spent our holidays where help was most needed. We participated in beach cleanups, collecting plastic from beaches and oceans while helping coastal animals survive. Plastic and climate change are our biggest enemies as they destroy our planet even faster. The first time we saw the beaches flooded with plastic bags and bottles and dead birds among them, we cried.
Because of this, we have started our pool and implemented a voting system within our website. It’s basic stuff, but it does an excellent job. Each delegator can register on our website and propose projects or vote for interesting ones to save our planet. We distribute the revenue of the pool among all the organizations that have obtained votes, while our delegators receive 5-6% like any other pool, but with us they can also do good.
Cardano is often described as an eco-friendly blockchain as opposed to Bitcoin and Ethereum, which have been heavily criticized due to their energy consumption. Why?
For us Cardano would not have been an option with the same energy consumption as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Bitcoin is a Proof of Work protocol that has the same energy consumption as Norway with nearly 135 TW per year. But it is also an e-waste problem. Proof of Work needs updated hardware to deliver competitive hash rates, and this hardware has a very short lifespan due to this extensive use. To put it into perspective: if Bitcoin were run on solar power alone, it would need around 170,000,000 solar panels.
Cardano invece verifica le transazioni in un modo diverso. L’hashing intensivo non è richiesto! Proof of Stake usa molta meno energia e in ogni caso supera tutte le altre 10 principali criptovalute. Con circa 2700 stake pool utilizza solo 0,0035 TW all’anno. Questo è rispettoso dell’ambiente e rappresenta un’enorme differenza rispetto al mining di Bitcoin. Secondo noi, Cardano avrà successo in futuro.
Grazie per il vostro tempo. Commenti di chiusura? Dove possono seguirvi le persone?
The most amazing part about Cardano and Twitter is that we are able to meet so many great people from all over the world. Tell us your stories or your missions. We would love to get in touch with you. So if you have any questions or just want to chat with us, feel free to contact us anytime via Twitter ( Christian , Beatrix ), our website and YouTube .