The emerging Metaverse platform offers an opportunity to create richer relationships between humans, other species, and our environment, and to inspire the protection of wildlife and ecosystems we otherwise might not see.
Imagine this: You have a meeting today in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest. Dense, rainy jungle surrounds you, but you and your team members remain dry. Getting everyone into a different environment has freed up their thinking and inspired a lively discussion. This is briefly interrupted when Atiaia the jaguar and her two new cubs stroll by, paying you no attention. The whole team pauses to admire them.
After a long day at work, you go to meet some friends for a drink. On the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows behind the bar, you see Fio, a Bornean orangutan hanging from a fig tree. She’s looking a little skinnier than the last time you saw her. As you wait for your friends, Ika, a world-famous orangutan researcher from Malaysia sits down, and you strike up a conversation about Fio and the state of the Bornean rainforest.
Later that night, you attend a concert along with 30 million other people. Everyone is surrounded by ice and glaciers as the music plays. You spot Sasha, the gentoo penguin you’ve seen at other events and hoped would be there.
All this happens, yet you never leave St. Louis, Missouri, the city where you live.
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