Citizenship Lab Presents: The Climate Emergency and Tuvalu’s Escape to the Metaverse


Citizenship Lab Presents: The Climate Emergency and Tuvalu’s Escape to the Metaverse: Challenging the Complicity of Design in Technological Solutionism 

Abstract: Rising sea levels due to climate change are already having severe impacts on the nation of Tuvalu. It proposes to build a digital replica of itself in the metaverse. In this talk, we will not only ask whether it can be done but explore the actual message hidden in this announcement. This leads us to explore some broader questions pertaining to the relationship between citizenship and the politics of climate change: Will technology innovation save us? What responsibility should citizens take in making ethical consumption choices? What is the role of design and designers in intermediating between government, industry and citizens?

Biographies of the speakers

Nick Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design in the School of Design at QUT in Australia. His research addresses design cognition (how designers think), interaction design (how we design interactions within a sociocultural context), and design education.

Marcus Foth is a Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab and a Chief Investigator in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre. As a founding member of the More-than-Human Futures research group, he currently explores post-anthropocentric approaches to design research and practice.


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