Mozilla pauses donations using cryptocurrencies after community fallout
The Mozilla Foundation faced community disapproval after previously indicating that it will allow people to donate using various cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Dogecoin through BitPay.
The foundation takes pride in its non-profit status and its commitment to privacy. However, the organisation was scolded by the founder of Mozilla, Jamie Zawinski, who uncandidly expressed his grave distaste for the donation policy by bashing the ‘decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters’.
The environmental implications of cryptomining seem to be the key issue raised. Globally, cryptomining has an astronomical power drain and exacerbates climate change by consuming a substantial amount of non-renewable energy as well as producing electronic waste.
Mozilla has since acknowledged the backlash and the needed conversation about the environmental effects of cryptocurrency. Furthermore, the foundation vowed to be transparent as it reviews the policy and declared that donating cryptocurrencies would be halted meanwhile.
So, starting today we are reviewing if and how our current policy on crypto donations fits with our climate goals. And as we conduct our review, we will pause the ability to donate cryptocurrency. 3/4— Mozilla (@mozilla) January 6, 2022