Meet Lee: A Panda Turned DeFi Investor

Brokoli Network
4 min readJun 7, 2021

Meet Lee. Lee is a giant panda and he currently resides in Sichuan, China. When asked to say one interesting thing about him, Lee told us that he’s part of the Red List of Threatened Species. Lee must be really fun at parties.

Anyway, this story is about Lee’s favourite hobby — trading his DeFi tokens on a few of the most popular DEXs and dApps. He got interested in DeFi a few months ago, then one thing led to another, and Lee bought tokens issued by a few of his favourite projects. Nowadays, Lee is an active participant in the DeFi community. I know — Lee is one of a kind.

A few weeks ago, Lee was high on life — his tokens were mooning. Our beloved giant panda was already planning a Maldives trip after the gains would be cashed out. However, the inevitable happened: one morning Lee saw most of his token prices wiped away. The reason? Lee found out that the markets crashed after Elon Musk’s tweet: Tesla will not accept Bitcoin until the sustainability issue is resolved.

This was a hard pill to swallow for Lee: the token losses hurt bad, but Lee never knew about the climate impact of transactions on chain. After reading into the matter, he found out that Bitcoin consumes about as much energy as the whole country of Pakistan. It didn’t end there: Ethereum and various DeFi tokens that Lee traded emit millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and electronic waste.

You see, the greatest threat facing Lee and his panda friends is deforestation — pandas are critically endangered due to constant human activity in their habitats. The constant cutting of the trees has led to permanent panda habitat loss and it is only getting worse.

Wild pandas once roamed bamboo forests in China, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. Today, wild pandas are found only in China, and in far fewer numbers than ever before. Scientists estimate that there are only around 1,800 wild pandas alive today — including our friend Lee.

Habitat loss means danger for pandas. If a bamboo forest is cleared away, the pandas’ food source is gone. Relocating to another forest is often impossible, as forests today have become separated from one another, thanks to human cities and towns. Without access to a steady source of bamboo, pandas whose forests are cleared will perish from starvation.

So, Lee realised that with every trade on a decentralised exchange, he directly contributes to the problem.

But Lee also knows that DeFi is the future — surely there has to be a way that allows to keep pandas alive AND use your favourite DEXs and dApps?

Lee Finds Brokoli

By default, every DEX and dApp is harmful to the environment. PERIOD.

Every DEX and dApp on the market contributes immensely to climate change. Every one of DeFi platforms involves transactions, and transactions mean energy consumption, e-waste, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Obviously, Lee and his panda friends don’t appreciate that — same goes for other endangered species, low-lying islands, and everyone that will come after us: the future generations.

Brokoli allows users to enter the entire DeFi ecosystem (DEXs, dApps, you name it) — and every transaction with Brokoli is climate positive. Meaning, every transfer plants trees, finances e-waste collection, and invests in renewable energy.

The best part? There are no hidden fees, no change in functionality, no hassle. Just go through Brokoli and solve the problem instead of contributing to it even more.

With Brokoli, Lee doesn’t have to worry about DeFi activities impacting his livelihood. In fact, his daily DeFi routine, every one of his transactions, plants trees.

Help Lee save the world. Go green with Brokoli.

About Brokoli Network

Brokoli is an impact-to-earn NFT metaverse where climate impact makes you money.

Your DeFi transactions on Brokoli plant NFT Trees: a tradable asset that earns passive income.

Brokoli’s core: Environmentally friendly gateway into the most popular DEXs and dApps.

API: Any blockchain platform (centralised or decentralised) can implement our API to allow users to opt-in to a small climate fee that offsets their transaction’s footprint.

Digital Forest / Brokoli Impact Credits: Users receive NFTs based on trees they have funded the planting of by using our products and completing daily quests. Digital NFT forests will be tradable as Brokoli Impact Credits: Corporate Social Responsibility standard loosely pegged to real forests and purchased by corporate partners.

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