MakerDAO founder’s plans to address climate change and pivot back to ETH

MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen has published an essay outlining measures that could be taken to make the protocol a vehicle for addressing climate change.In a lengthy Tuesday post published to the MakerDAO governance forum, Christensen asserts that MakerDAO should strive to ensure that all of its collateral comprises “sustainable and climate-aligned assets that consider the long-term impacts of financial activity on the environment.”Christensen asserts that the protocol’s collateral should be invested into sustainable real-world assets (RWAs) through senior credit positions in projects that build “solar farms, wind turbines, batteries, recharging stations and other cost-efficient renewable energy solutions, as well as their supply chains, sustainable resource extraction and recycling.” He further stated:Related: MakerDAO to dissolve Foundation and become truly decentralized againChristensen also expresses the need for MakerDAO to reestablish its commitment to decentralized collateral, advocating that the protocol return to relying on the Ethereum network and Ether (ETH) token. MakerDAO users deposit crypto assets into the protocol to collateralize the minting of the Dai (DAI) stablecoin. While the protocol initially supported Ether exclusively, it has since expanded to support other assets including USD Coin (USDC), Wrapped Bitcoin, and Basic Attention Token.MakerDAO’s founder emphasized the improved environmental efficiency expected from Ethereum’s transition to a proof-of-stake consensus with Eth2, stating:

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