Adversity of Climate-change may soon vanish an entire Pacific island nation, as rising sea-levels threatens the existence of the country. For which, the nation had decided to go fully virtual in Metaverse to safeguard its territory’s experience, culture, tradition and more.
Metaverse tech pops out in various fields to offer an immersive experience for the people. It could be the next generation of internet, in terms of online-meetings, gatherings and social-media. And companies like Meta (previously Facebook) engulfed itself to sorely work on the platform.
Likely, this island residing in Pacific Ocean, “Tuvalu” is on the verge of submerging completely into the water as long as rising sea-levels concern, a nightmare of climate-change. Consequently, in order to preserve the nation, its civilization, Tuvalu plans to build a digital version of the whole nation, recreating everything – landmarks, islands of the country in the virtual world.
Tuvalu, a group of nine islands and 12,000 people halfway between Australia and Hawaii, and up to 40% of the capital district is underwater at high tide. Forecast says that the entire country will be under water by the end of the century.
First Country in Metaverse
Tuvalu becomes the first country to go fully virtual, recreating itself completely in metaverse. While addressing the COP27 climate summit, Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe told “The idea is to continue to function as a state and beyond that to preserve our culture, our knowledge, our history in a digital space” to Reuters.
Tuvalu will continue to function as a state even if the island becomes completely submerged.
“Our land, our ocean, our culture are the most precious assets of our people and to keep them safe from harm, no matter what happens in the physical world, we will move them to the cloud”, he added.
Kofe said seven governments have agreed to continual recognition but there were challenges if Tuvalu goes under as it is a new area of international law.
Last year, Seoul city and the island nation of Barbados said that they would exploit metaverse to provide administrative and consular services, respectively.
The nation’s advent of recreation in metaverse also intimates that how climate-change has perturbed an island, pushing 12,000 people to possibly migrate elsewhere for living, which could happen within this century.
Isn’t that sad as mankind had dealt in making the environment where he live in, a miserable one?
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