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"Our land, our sea and our culture are the most valuable assets of our people. In order to protect them from harm, no matter what happens in the physical world, we will move them to the cloud. Our idea is to continue to operate as a country."
On November 15, Tuvalu, the Pacific island country, said that it planned to establish a digital version of Tuvalu, copy the island and its landmarks, and preserve its history and culture because of the possibility that the sea level would rise and submerge the small island country.
Simon Kofe, Foreign Minister of Tuvalu, said at the COP27 Climate Summit that it is time to find alternative solutions for the survival of the country, including Tuvalu becoming the first digital country in the meta universe.
Simon Coffey, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu, delivered a speech for the COP27 Climate Summit in the video.
Coffey said in the video: "Our land, our sea and our culture are the most valuable assets of our people. In order to protect them from harm, no matter what happens in the physical world, we will move them to the cloud." In the video, he stands on a digital replica of an island threatened by sea level rise.
Tuvalu shows a digital replica of its small island.
At last year's COP26 meeting, Coffey also captured the global attention. He stood knee deep in the sea and addressed the General Assembly, explaining how Tuvalu stood at the forefront of climate change. He said that Tuvalu had to take action because countries around the world did not do enough to prevent climate change.
At the COP26 meeting last year, the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu, Simon Coffey, stood in the water and made a speech.
Tuvalu will be the first country to replicate itself in the meta universe. "Our idea is to continue to operate as a country, and in addition, to preserve our culture, our knowledge and our history in the digital space." Coffey told Reuters.
Tuvalu, located between Australia and Hawaii, is composed of nine islands with a population of about 12000. It has long been a hot topic of climate change and sea level rise risks. Up to 40% of the capital area is submerged at high tide, and the whole country is expected to be submerged by the end of this century.
The red coordinate is the location of Tuvalu.
Coffey said that it is important for Tuvalu to continue to operate as a country even if it is completely submerged, because they need to ensure that the country continues to be recognized by the international community. Even if the islands are submerged, their maritime boundaries and resources in these waters can also be maintained.
Coffey said that the governments of seven countries have agreed to continue to recognize Tuvalu if it is flooded, but there will also be legal challenges, because this is a new area of international law.