As part of the ActNow XR Experience, we will be touring a large-scale interactive data art installation, titled LAKA'LELUP, which is a Native American Washoe term meaning "Coming Together for a Common Purpose." The installation has two modes, REFLECT: where one can see themselves and contemplate their place in the surrounding environment, and ILLUMINATE: when a custom designed LED system brings data visualizations on the climate tipping points to life with an ambient soundscape and narration by Indigenous leaders. A "digital twin" of LAKA'LELUP will be accessible in the VR world.
Exceeding 1.5°C of global warming can trigger several irreversible impacts to the climate system. Data visualizations highlight greenhouse gas emissions that can cause climate tipping points to cascade, setting off catastrophic impacts across the planet.
Visualizing how conserving and restoring natural spaces, and the biodiversity they contain, is essential for limiting emissions and adapting to climate impacts. Protecting and restoring ecosystems is our strongest natural defense against climate change.