New Internationalist

Travelling without moving

December 2007

No longer just a playground for computer nerds and lonely hearts, virtual reality now offers an alternative for those wanting to attend global events without doing environmental damage by travelling. New campaign group is offering would-be delegates at December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Bali the opportunity to attend the event by visiting a different island altogether – One Climate Island, the organization’s meeting space on 3-D virtual world Second Life (pictured left).

Press conferences and interviews will be videoed and then replayed later the same day in Second Life, after which conference panelists in Bali will respond live to questions and comments from the online audience. is running training sessions to ensure that ‘delegates’ get the most out of the experience. The sessions in Second Life will be limited to a few hundred participants, but in order to reach a wider audience the conference will be streamed onto and will also be screened for delegates in Bali itself.

This column was published in the December 2007 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

Comments on Travelling without moving

Leave your comment


  • Maximum characters allowed: 5000
  • Simple HTML allowed: bold, italic, and links

Registration is quick and easy. Plus you won’t have to re-type the blurry words to comment!
Register | Login

...And all is quiet.

Subscribe to Comments for this articleArticle Comment Feed RSS 2.0

Guidelines: Please be respectful of others when posting your reply.

Get our free fortnightly eNews


Videos from visionOntv’s globalviews channel.

Related articles

Recently in Currents

All Currents

Popular tags

All tags

This article was originally published in issue 407

New Internationalist Magazine issue 407
Issue 407

More articles from this issue

New Internationalist Magazine Issue 436

If you would like to know something about what's actually going on, rather than what people would like you to think was going on, then read the New Internationalist.

– Emma Thompson –

A subscription to suit you

Save money with a digital subscription. Give a gift subscription that will last all year. Or get yourself a free trial to New Internationalist. See our choice of offers.