When climate change reaches virtual worlds, that's when you know you're in trouble.
Last Wednesday, unannounced floods struck the lands of Second Life covering many areas of the online world and surprising residents. The event was meant to bring the message of the real environment to the users of Second Life. David De Rothschild of Adventure Ecology who aided in the event stated, "You may have a second life, but [you still need to] offset your second life in real life."
Adventure Ecology avatars in the flooded areas informed and educated Second Life participants that were around during the flooding. Users response seemed positive, with many residents helping out others and bringing up discussions of climate change around the virtual world.
With over 5.2 million inhabitants, any news in Second Life is bound to bring up a stir. Will this bring about a rush of users looking to offset their Second Life electricity use? Maybe not, but at least they're talking about the environment and better that this happens in the realm of computers than the realm of real life.
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