How can artists help beat climate change through sustainable NFTs on Unique Network?
We believe in our NFT chain’s ability to not just increase efficiency and capabilities for creators via our scalable proof-of-stake solution, but to do so in a way that mitigates the energy effects of blockchain and ensure that artists are able to showcase — and monetize — their work to global audiences. Unique Network is proud to share that we’ve been selected as the exclusive blockchain partner for the United Nations’ associated NFT climate initiative — DigitalArt4Climate. This initiative is aligned with the United Nations’ declaration of 2021 as the year of ’The Creative Economy for Sustainable Development,’ which highlights the value of creativity as a uniquely powerful resource in implementing and achieving the U.N.’s sustainable development goals.
As the climate crisis continues to escalate, a harsh reality highlighted in the latest IPCC report, it is clear that people still need to be inspired to act on climate, and that new and innovative methods for inspiring direct climate action are required. To this end, the United Nations has recognized NFT technology as a new medium for creative expression that can help amplify the messages about how people can participate in meaningful, individual climate action. As part of the initiative with UN-Habitat and IAAI GLOCHA, Unique Network will create and host DigitalArt4Climate’s NFT marketplace where artists and web designers can showcase their work. The marketplace will be built on Unique Network’s ready-to-use suite of NFT solutions, which uses blockchain technology that has been optimized for energy efficiency and low carbon impact.
DigitalArt4Climate launched a Designathon in July, where we welcomed a group of competing designers to lend their talents to this exciting initiative that merges the world of blockchain-based NFT art and climate change awareness and action. We were overwhelmed to see the designers and teams participating from across the globe, and would like to include a special shout out to the winning team, Team 2, who took home the €500 prize money and is currently working on an additional project with the Palette69 team. Of course, the same level of gratitude goes to all of the teams and designers who entered the project.
Read about the DigitalArt4Climate Designathon and its participants and winning teams below, and learn more about the Art Competition, which will culminate in an exhibit in Milan and Glasgow in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26), below these competitor responses.
DigitalArt4Climate ART COMPETITION
DigitalArt4Climate’s Art Competition is the next stage of our climate awareness initiative, following the Designathon. Having kicked off in August of 2021, the initiative invites digital and traditional artists to apply to this competition that will welcome a wide range of art from every corner of the world. The winners will receive €3000 in prizes from a public vote (1 overall winner €1500; €500 for the sub-theme winners), as well as the chance to exhibit in Milan and Glasgow in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) that will take place throughout these two global cities. In partnership with this program, we’re proud to again offer the advanced features of Unique Network, which will allow for building flexible economic and revenue models for individual artists, so they can monetize their work in the best way possible.
Everything we do at Unique Network works towards this goal of democratizing access to creative markets globally. We share this focus through our work in the NFT space, and our partnership with the U.N. on the DigitalArt4Climate Initiative. Many thanks to our partners; read more about their incredible work and click the link below to enter your work in the ongoing Art Competition, as well as read more about the competitions’s themes, rules, mission, and more.
The International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (GLOCHA) is a youth-focused United Nations-accredited civil society organization that is based in Klagenfurt am Wörtheersee, Austria. IAAI’s mission since 1999 has been to set up an ecosystem for the Global Challenges Action Network (GLOCHA), and a corresponding intellectual, technological and institutional infrastructure for societal engagement in the implementation of sustainable development goals for the environment.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development. It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the first United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976. UN-Habitat operates in over 90 countries to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance, and collaborative action.
Social Alpha Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting blockchain education, outreach, and projects to empower communities utilizing blockchain technology for social good. Since its founding in 2018, Social Alpha Foundation has funded and partnered with a number of organizations including the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, New America, United Nations Environment Program, Yale OpenLab, and The Bitfury Group. Most recently, SAF worked with Open Earth Foundation to organize the CarbonDrop, which organized an NFT art auction to raise $6.6M for Open Earth Foundation.
Exquisite Workers is a curated social media platform, creator of the global “NFT to stay” mission, creative consultancy, and the largest NFT community of artists (572 creators from 50 countries) with the ultimate goal of creating a more humane society through empowering creators to utilize innovative technologies and by bringing the Exquisite Corpse tradition online and to blockchain. Exquisite Corpse, the immortal Surrealists’ game, is the library of wisdom and it teaches that each next individual contribution to the collective expression hugely counts.
Palette69 is a design services company from India founded in 2015. With allies in the UK, US and India, it offers diverse creative solutions from Gamification, UX/UI to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Branding, Videos and Advertising. With more than 100 clients globally, Palette69 has worked with Bayer, World Remit, Weill Cornell University among others. Palette69 is currently launching an NFT ecosystem called Boolien.
Dmitry Belitsky, an essential mentor to Designathon and the final UX/UI solution for DigitalArt4Climate marketplace. He has over 15 years of experience in UX and Creative Design fields working for banks and renowned organizations in five countries across several continents. He believes that a thoughtful human-centered approach always yields better results for all parties — people, society, and the environment. As a Senior Consultant at Standard Chartered Bank, he is currently involved in various projects helping people, businesses, and economies throughout developing countries to grow sustainably and prosper. As a Lead UX Designer, Dmitry was awarded “Best UK App in Digital Experience” in 2019 as part of the UK Digital Experience Awards.
HubZine Italia aims to be a hub for exchange, information and generational discussion. A hub of civil and democratic-creative, participatory, young confrontation. HubZine will be the focal point of DigitalArt4Climate initiative in Italy for joint activities including designathon, edutainment event and potentially other events in the context of Pre-COP youth event in Milan