An island country called Tuvalu, situated about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, has announced that it would upload itself to the metaverse in response to the dangers it faces due to climate change.
Kofe says the metaverse could preserve Tuvalu's physical landmarks, like churches and monuments. The metaverse would also host the country's culture, such as language and customs, so that Tuvaluans can engage in cultural practices from anywhere in the world.
But this situation begs another question: is the metaverse capable of hosting an entire country? There could be issues with computing power and the affordability of VR headsets, as about 12,000 people currently live in Tuvalu.
But Kofe and the citizens of Tuvalu don't want to move to the metaverse; they're saying it's an alternative to the perils their country will face if climate change continues to go uncontrolled.
Will other island nations begin to plan their move to the metaverse? Or will broadcasting these plans serve as a wake-up call to address the stressors climate change will bring to our environmental and technological structures?