Pollinator Park, the digital tool that shows what the future will be like without pollinating insects. The European Commission develops a virtual reality experience in which the dystopian fate of the Earth is shown if animals such as bees were to become extinct.
The European Commission launches Pollinator Park, an interactive virtual reality tool that will show the dystopian future of our society without pollinating animals such as bees or butterflies.
This project has been developed with the support of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona in an attempt to raise public awareness of the harmful effects that could have ” the alarming decrease in insects that pollinate crops and wild plants”, said Virginijus Sinkevičius , Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. “It endangers food security and threatens our survival,” the Lithuanian politician clarified.
Collective effort for the climate fight
Designed in collaboration with Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, the virtual experience places us in the Europe of 2050 and presents a dystopian reality in which pollinating species are on the verge of extinction.
Putting themselves in the boots of the protagonist of the story, the user will take a guided tour through a futuristic farm that shelters pollinators and alerts them to the dangerous reality of the disappearance of these animals.
With this initiative, the European Commission will try to raise awareness in society to get involved in the protection of pollinators and nature – focusing above all on the younger generations .
“Pollinator Park shows us that the future of agriculture depends on pollinators,” Janusz Wojciechowski , Commissioner for Agriculture , said in a statement . “Without pollinators and biodiversity, the agriculture we know today will be a distant memory. It is essential that we maintain a high level of environmental ambition in the new common agricultural policy,” he concluded.
For his part, Sinkevičius wanted to clarify that this tool will try to “show the dangers of doing nothing ” and will invite us to “redouble our efforts to protect pollinators and guarantee a better future for us and future generations.”
Pollinator Park, which is part of the set of actions taken by the European Union to save pollinators , is available through its website or as a free application, which will allow users a virtual reality experience .