Everyone has heard that sea levels will rise and that there will be flooding, fires, and drought all due to climate change. But what does that actually mean? What does it look like for the people who will be affected? Climate researchers and planners are using virtual reality to show people what it will really be like to encourage more to act against it.
Reading something gives you some idea of what it will be like but it’s quite another thing to experience it. We may know that floods and fires are real and make some perpetration but these issues still exist in a sort of abstract for many. VR bridges that gap for people.
VR sort of tricks the brain into thinking that an experience is real. This will hopefully gently push people into taking climate change more seriously as well as making plans to survive it now.