Tuvalu turns to the metaverse to preserve its culture
Will build a digital version of itself
Tuvalu, a small Pacific island nation, is planning to build a digital version of itself to preserve its history and culture amid rising sea levels.
On Tuesday, the country’s foreign minister, Simon Kofe, told the COP27 climate summit that it was time to look at alternative solutions for his country’s survival. One of those solutions is recreating itself in the metaverse.
“As our land disappears, we have no choice but to become the world’s first digital nation. 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’ll move them to the cloud,” Kofe said in a video.
Currently, up to 40% of Tuvalu’s capital district is underwater at high tide, and the entire country is forecast to be underwater by the end of the century.
Tuvalu will become the first digitized nation in the metaverse. Kofe said the country’s land, ocean, and culture are its most precious assets, and no matter what happens in the physical world, they will be preserved in the cloud:
“Islands like this one won’t survive rapid temperature increases, rising sea levels, and droughts, so we will recreate them virtually.”
At last year’s COP26 summit, Kofe famously addressed the conference standing in knee-deep water to highlight how his nation is being impacted by climate change.
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