Many people think that virtual reality (VR) is an interesting immersive technology, but they may not have considered how it can have a good impact on the environment. The following is a summary of what aspects VR technology can help us improve environmental problems.

Even those who regard environmental protection as their top concern sometimes find it difficult to imagine climate change that has occurred or is about to occur. Even though we often learn from articles, news and videos about global warming and glacier melting, too many people think they won’t see the major problems brought by climate change in their lifetime. To make matters worse, many people believe that climate change is a seriously exaggerated problem.

Some VR developers hope to change their views on climate change by inviting them to wear headphones, so as to make this approach more realistic to the public. For example, researchers at Stanford University created a scenario that simulated human beings turning into corals. The content shows them how seawater absorbs carbon dioxide and increases the acidity of seawater, which seriously affects the survival of corals and other marine organisms.

If VR can help people realize that climate change has already had a significant impact, the general public may join the ranks of actively protecting the environment and realize that it is time to take immediate action to avoid more disasters in the future. Another way VR can help the earth is to make consumers and companies accustomed to digital media, rather than the catalogs, brochures and other office supplies that people often throw away.

Some VR developers focusing on medical content have created digital product demonstrations, so that doctors can experience implants, tools and other products through cloud media. Many doctors have a tight schedule. If they are interested in a product, it is not feasible to browse a thick pile of pages. VR demonstration can enable them to further study and understand relevant knowledge content.

Another recent experiment involved eBay and the Australian Department Store Brand Myer. The two companies jointly created an opportunity for people to use VR helmets to buy Myer products. VR technology works together with smart phones and uses eye tracking to determine what shoppers want to know or buy. In this case, the store does not need to waste paper by sending leaflets to consumers. When people want to buy something, they can focus on virtual reality.

Garbage recycling can be said to be one of the most capable things to protect the environment and support environmental sustainability, but sometimes people, especially children, find it difficult to understand why recycling is so important. For them, it is difficult to combine the simple act of waste classification with the protection of the earth.

Children may also want to know what happens to recyclable items when they leave your hands. Australian students recently had the opportunity to learn that they participated in a virtual reality experience and took themselves to a recycling factory. Help these children realize that even simple things like recycling can make a big difference through games.

This is not the first time Greenpeace has used VR technology. In the past, the main activity was to take people into the Amazon rainforest and show them a day working on the charity’s ship. Such an experience is unforgettable and will let donors know that their donation is worth it. Many people still regard VR helmets as novel things. It is attractive for charities to provide them to others to try them on. In this way, more donations can be raised and better invested in protecting the environment.

One of the most important benefits of VR is that it can take people anywhere and touch different things without having to pay for air tickets or pack luggage. Such an experience will make people jump out of what they perceive and understand what environmental problems the rest of the world is facing. Only in this way can we find that environmental sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, and even small changes will have a huge impact. Protect the environment and protect our common home.


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