A small Pacific island nation threatened by rising sea levels plans to create a digital copy of itself in the metaverse

A small Pacific island nation threatened by rising sea levels plans to create a digital copy of itself in the metaverse

Tuvalu

Tuvalu may be completely submerged by the end of the century.Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • Tuvalu wants to spawn in the metaverse before sea level rise wipes it off the map.

  • Climate change is an existential threat to Tuvalu, which is predicted to sink by 2100.

Tuvalu is planning to become the first country to create a full replica of itself in the post-universe as rising sea levels threaten to completely submerge the tiny island nation.

Simon Kofe, Tuvalu’s foreign minister, announced the project in a virtual speech to world leaders at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

“The tragedy of this outcome cannot be overstated. But because the world has not acted, we must,” he said.

“Our land, our ocean, our culture are our people’s most precious assets, and to keep them safe from harm, no matter what happens in the physical world, we will take them to the cloud.”

Coffey also issued a warning to other nations: “Tuvalu could be the first country in the world to exist entirely in cyberspace. But if global warming continues unchecked, it won’t be the last.”

Located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, Tuvalu consists of three reef islands and six coral atolls. It hosts about 12,000 people and has a total area of ​​just 10 square miles.

For Tuvalu, climate change is an existential threat. The UN has classified the low-lying island nation as “extremely vulnerable” to rising global temperatures, and experts predict it could be completely submerged by 2100, according to Chatham House.

The first step of Tuvalu’s digitization project is to recreate Teafualiku Island — the country’s smallest island and the first part of the country expected to be lost to sea level rise.

In his speech at COP27, delivered against the backdrop of a digital replica of Teafualiku, Kofe said: “Islands like this will not survive rapid temperature increases, sea level rise and drought, so we will recreate them virtually . Piece by piece we will preserve our country, provide solace to our people, and remind our children and grandchildren of what was once our home.”

Kofe also called on other nations to take serious action on climate change to help Tuvalu avoid the “worst case scenario”. He told delegates: “Only a concerted global effort can ensure that Tuvalu does not move permanently online and disappear from the physical plane forever.”

This is not the first time that Kofe has attracted global attention on behalf of Tuvalu. At the COP26 climate summit last year, he made headlines by addressing the conference while standing knee-deep in the sea to highlight Tuvalu’s vulnerability to climate change.

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