I was just having a conversation with one of my die-hard “environmentalist” buddies, the kind who shames their family for not owning an electric vehicle – yeah, the worst kind of hippie. They told me that they’re getting into cryptocurrency, which surprised me because it’s so bad for the planet. Bitcoin mining is responsible for 0.5 per cent of total global electricity consumption.
They told me that because Tesla is doing it that it seems OK. You can’t fix stupid, can you? Tesla brags about saving the planet but is now part of one of the biggest polluters ever: crypto. If you care about the planet, don’t be a sheep like my buddy and do some research. Listen to the world’s fifth richest person, Warren Buffet, who recently said: “Cryptocurrencies basically have no value and they don’t produce anything. In terms of value: zero.”
Which brings me to the Hollier-than-now Bow Valley folk who own cryptocurrency, but don’t want the new Three Sisters development to go ahead: you’re drenched in hypocrisy. You can’t be part of one of the world’s worst polluters and play the NIMBY card about a local development because… environment.
So, let’s leave the fake money at the door and talk about the real stuff. It turns out that even in the Wild West, Texas-of-the-north, Wild Rose Country, you have to pay to play. Most provinces make you pay to access provincial parks, but Alberta has held off. Last year, some five-million people accessed Kananaskis Country, more than Banff. It was grossly busy.
Trails were overrun, trash piled up, Instagram-hungry punters posed next to waterfalls, left troll dolls at Troll Falls (please don’t do that), and got injured – a lot. I think there were over 600 rescues in Kananaskis Country. If you’ve ever met the people behind the rescues, the visitor safety specialists, mountain guides, paramedics and more, then you know how strong, smart, well-trained and determined they are. But I can’t image how tiring it is dealing with such a constant flow of incapable people.
The only issue with making people pay (it’s only $90 per year, but million-dollar-mortgage owners with lifted trucks that brap louder than the space shuttle will complain because their more American than Canadian) is that it will overcrowd the free-access spaces, like the Ghost River Valley. That place has been torn a new one over the past few years from four-wheeling, gun-shooting cow-goofs high-marking ancient water banks. Be a good steward of the land, pay to support parks, pack out trash, and don’t look at those monster truck drivers, it only encourages them.
Have you heard of Project All In? The Alberta foundation was created “to help the first responder community start conversations about their mental wellness and ultimately to aid in suicide prevention.” Responders get a coin that if presented informs others that they need to talk. It’s a huge tool for those who save our lives, unlike Bitcoin. So, head to projectallin.ca to support a coin that matters.