The World’s First Virtual Nation?
A blog post by Hank Butehorn
Most of us are aware of global warming, yet few think we will experience its worst effects this lifetime. Perhaps our great grandchildren will experience the effects of global warming, but surely not our kids?
For residents of Tuvalu (A South Pacific island nation), the threat of global warming is anything but distant. At a mere 4.6m (15ft) above sea level on average, experts predict that the stunning island nation could be completely submerged by 2100.
This startling statistic has made waves throughout Tuvaluan society. Foreign Minister Simon Kofe has been active in several climate change conferences, urging his fellow pacific nations to stop allowing for large oil-guzzling ships to fly under their flags.
In addition Kofe has put a rather unorthodox practice into motion; moving his nation into the Metaverse. Kofe and a team of programmers hope to thoughtfully duplicate each of the countries 81 islands into virtual reality. This unprecedented move aims to preserve the nation in perpetuity, while also raising awareness of Tuvalu’s delicate situation.
In addition to the virtual reconstruction of their nation, the Tuvaluan government has taken other extraordinary moves to ensure their continued sovereignty and survival. Tuvalu has begun adding amendments to its constitution preparing for the worst.
They are seeking UNESCO world heritage status as well as permanent recognition of their territory, even if it is underwater. Tuvalu and other nations like it may be wiped out in our lifetimes, so it is vital to help alleviate pressures on our environment while we still can.
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