Justin Sun – CEO of TRON – is never one to shy away from the press, whether the news emerging be negative or positive. The man appears to believe that all press is good press, and now he’s making headlines with his $1 million donation to Greta Thunberg.
Sun: I’m a Lot Like Greta
Thunberg first rose to prominence in August of 2018 when she organized a student protest outside Sweden’s parliament. Her issue? That politicians weren’t doing enough to thwart the effects of climate change.
Since then, Thunberg has garnered several followers and has traveled around the world leading protests to raise awareness regarding climate change. She boasts nearly four million followers on Twitter alone and was recently voted Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.”
Sun appears to be concerned about climate change himself given his massive donation to the girl’s cause. He has given $1 million to help her climate protest agenda and compared his background with that of Thunberg’s on Twitter, commenting:
As a young entrepreneur, I share Greta Thunberg’s passion to change the world. Crypto will contribute immensely to reducing the carbon footprint by implementing decentralized settlement. I would like to personally commit USD $1 million to Greta Thunberg’s initiative.
His notion of crypto potentially limiting the carbon footprint that’s potentially harming the world is an interesting one. For years, studies have been produced suggesting that crypto mining and related projects are ultimately increasing climate activity. Countries such as China, for example, were even looking to potentially ban all crypto mining activities due to the number of potentially hazardous effects they had on our atmosphere.
Additional reports have also stated that bitcoin mining emits as much carbon as Las Vegas, and that Iceland was now using more electricity to mine bitcoin than it was to power all its residences.
Thus, one can’t help but wonder, “Are maneuvers like this truly designed to limit climate change and change the world, or is this just another chance for people like Sun to get attention?” After all, the man recently apologized for “over-marketing” his lunch with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, a known crypto hater. In the past, Buffett has referred to bitcoin as a fraud and as an investment that doesn’t do much.
Is This Real?
The alleged lunch still hasn’t taken place, and despite all the claims that Sun could potentially make a believer out of Buffett, no action has been taken. This maneuver has even garnered criticism from the likes of John McAfee, who’s got a controversial history of his own.
Rumors circulated following the cancellation of the lunch that Sun was involved in gambling and other notorious enterprises. While he tried to clear the air by claiming he had kidney stones, the social media account he used to explain his circumstances was later shut down.