The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has long been a cause célèbre for the risks of climate change. The archipelago of nine islands, which are home to 12,000 residents, is actively threatened by rising sea levels. Up to 40 per cent of its capital is underwater at high tide, and the entire nation is forecast to be entirely underwater by the end of the century. It’s now announced its plan to become the first digitised nation in the metaverse – an online realm that uses augmented and virtual reality to help users interact. The foreign minister of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, Simon Kofe, has said his country will become the world’s first digital nation as a result of climate change.
Te Afualiku is likely to be one of the first spots inTuvalu to be submerged by rising sea levels. The video ends with a simulation of the islet in the metaverse.