An advanced concept of “online nation” in the metaverse shall soon emerge with the creation of one of the first of its kind by the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which is currently on the verge of full submersion by the end of the century due to climate change.
The island nation wants to maintain a digital copy of itself out of fear that it would vanish from the map and to “give solace to its people” and “remind children and grandkids what home once was.”
Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe spoke at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) via video conference and declared, “As our land disappears, we have no alternative but to become the world’s first digital nation.”
“The most valuable possessions of our people are our land, our ocean, and our culture; to protect them from destruction no matter what occurs in the real world, we will move them to the cloud,” he stated.
He cautioned that the island nation would not endure rapid temperature rises, increasing sea levels, and drought if nothing was done. We’ll protect our nation piece by piece, bring comfort to our people, and show our children and grandchildren what our former home used to look like.
He went on to say that the digital nation will provide an online life that can replace a physical one while still functioning as a state. About halfway between Australia and Hawaii is the tiny, uninhabited atoll country of Tuvalu.
The nation barely rises above the average sea level of 3 meters. The country is facing numerous issues as a result of the temperature increase, according to a United Nations Development Programme assessment.