White collar millennials certainly display strong \u2018champagne socialist\u2019 tendencies, passionately railing against the dangers of inequality in their catered start-up bubbles. They really do make a perfect pairing with the other great fuck-face generation: the boomers \u2014 there\u2019s an underlying fakeness that's undeniable in both. We examine how the protection of the environment (or lack thereof) will play a pivotal role in defining how viable cryptocurrencies are for the long run, with millennials eager to blaze a new path of digital monetary freedom, and boomers deeply vested in maintaining the status quo. No Holds Barred Capitalism vs. Phony Environmentalism It\u2019s utterly fitting that the \u2018environment\u2019 has become the clashing point of their idealistic values. It\u2019s no holds barred capitalism (drill baby) vs. phony environmentalism (carbon offset it all). Making this flip-script that much more enjoyable, we now have a coin that\u2019s been created out of thin-air by the nerd millennial elite that just devours all energy in sight to verify transactions \u2014 causing deep outrage from Boomers at the absolute plunder of pristine resources to obtain this make-believe wealth. The Devil That You Know Millennials need a good defence here, the obvious one that\u2019s right in front of them is gold \u2014 the most handsome devil of them all.\u00a0While it\u2019s certainly fact that mining crypto is polluting business, how does it really compare to mining that other great store of wealth: gold.\u00a0It's either power plants spewing CO2 and other noxiousness for a bitcoin or two or clawing out pristine jungle, forest and mountains for a tiny amount of gold. Millennials need a good defence here, the obvious one that\u2019s right in front of them is gold \u2014 the most handsome devil of them all. The reality of the Instagram pouty face generation is that \u2018backdrops\u2019 are key, and all things considered saving \u2018nature\u2019 for the sake of a viral selfie is as good of a cause as any. At the face of it Bitcoin mining doesn\u2019t really mess this up, it\u2019s just a continuation of the \u2018great outsource\u2019 \u2014\u00a0out of sight and out of mind, over to you China. However, the digital puppet masters are a sensitive and tenacious lot, they view any slights of their technology greatness as a direct punk. They definitely don\u2019t punch back, they \u2018tech back\u2019 and there are certainly fixes in sight\u2026. Sources: www.naturalworldsafaris.com, www.grungygentleman.com, www.huffingtonpost.ca Proof of Stake: The Equivalent of a Sex Vacation Without the Guilt or Inhibition By transitioning from \u2018Proof of Work\u2019 to \u2018Proof of Stake\u2019 to validate transactions, the computational horsepower would be significantly lower. Proof-of-stake as a transaction verification process has the potential to become the environmental game changer. Let's compare the status quo (proof-of-work) vs proof-of-stake. Proof of Work (or mining) - The way transactions are verified on the Bitcoin blockchain is through a process called \u2018mining\u2019.\u00a0Bitcoin mining consist of computers solving ever more complex mathematical puzzles to verify a block of transactions, with Bitcoin as the reward for solving the puzzle. The rub is that it takes a fuckload of energy. How much? In the neighbourhood of what Morocco uses annually (30 TWh). And that figure is only expected to climb exponentially higher over the coming years. Proof of Stake (PoS) -\u00a0 An alternative verification system that replaces the PoW, it's probabilistic in nature (akin to a roulette table). The validators (replacing miners) who put up their stake (coins) have a proportional probability of being chosen to verify the block of transactions. The benefit of this approach is that there isn't a power-consuming puzzle to solve by miners. Rather, the act of putting up significant capital in coins acts as a significant economic deterrent from validators corrupting the block of transactions, as it would cause the value of the cryptocurrency to fall, resulting in the value of their stake falling as well. By transitioning from \u2018Proof of Work\u2019 to \u2018Proof of Stake\u2019 to validate transactions, the computational horsepower would be significantly lower \u2014 a massive game changer from an environmental footprint perspective. Ethereum - the third largest cryptocurrency, will attempt to roll out a hybrid PoS verification system with its Casper protocol upgrade (hard fork). If they can prove protocol works on scale we believe the Bitcoin community will be hard-pressed not to look at a similar less-polluting option. If Bitcoin wants to be viewed as a defined and trusted store of wealth, akin to gold, securing a sizeable relative environmental advantage will be key. Proof of Stake: All the hedonism without the guilt.