Postcards from Disasters co-founders Makoi Popioco and Julie Nealega launch a virtual reality exhibit on climate change at the Australian National University.
Her Excellency Ma Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, was the keynote speaker, who celebrated the initiative and highlighted the importance of climate change action.
“The Philippines is committed to climate change action, which includes financing, capacity building, and technology to combat the growing risks of natural disasters including pandemics. We all need to advance climate justice,” says Ambassador De La Vega.
This VR production exposes the residents’ living conditions and probes into the adverse impact of climate change on coastal communities in the Philippines particularly the areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
The organisers hope that by virtually immersing people into the coastal village, they will realise the impact of climate change on vulnerable people like the internally displaced persons (IDPs) featured in the VR tour.
A section of the exhibit also features photos captured by IDPs which tells stories about their everyday lives since moving back to the hazard zone.
The exhibit is located on the 2nd Level of Marie Reay Teaching Centre, Kambri at the ANU and will run from April 22 to 30.