Inspiring Sustainability - Podcast
#026: Turning mangroves into money: cryptocurrencies for good - Alan Laubsch, Director of Lykke’s Natural Capital Markets group
The risk of crossing a tipping point leading to ecosystem collapse is clear to Alan Laubsch of Lykke, and having spent years mapping climate risk he came to conclude that it is his life commitment to take systemic climate action.
Alan is a connector and ecosystems builder. His mission is to protect earth’s most vital ecosystems by democratizing impact investment with the blockchain. He has over two decades of risk management experience with leading financial institutions. As he says in the interview:
“After many false starts I believe it’s time for a new approach to carbon, to reinvent carbon markets and the overall idea is very simple. Every organisation manages financial capital. It also manages human capital. Finally, every organisation should also manage natural capital.”
Lykke is a marketplace for free exchange of financial assets. Their mission is huge, with a fully open-sourced platform, they see a future where natural capital is fully tokenized and protection of natural resources is incentivised.
Alan explains how blockchain technology is uniquely positioned to disrupt financial markets which is full of intermediaries, such as brokers and banks. Bringing in high frequency trading algorithms into marketplaces like Lykke will bring liquidity to the natural capital markets.
Lykke listed TREE, the first natural capital backed cryptocurrency where anyone can invest into preservation of our planet. By owning one TREE token, you participate in the movement of preserving one of the most valuable plants of Myanmar, the mangrove.
Connect with Alan Laubsch https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanlaubsch/
Alan interview on Lykke: https://www.lykke.com/city/blog/team-interview-alan
Tree Tokens http://tree-volution.com/
Tree Tokens on Lykke: https://www.lykke.com/how-to-buy-world-view-tree
Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park: http://www.wif.care/heyerdahl-climate-parks/