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EXPLORE


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EXPLORE


Inspired by Nature - a 360° Tribute. For best results click the settings icon (gear) and select highest quality. Fullscreen and headphones also recommended. And don't forget to use your mouse to look around!

 
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MOUNTAIN STILLNESS


MOUNTAIN STILLNESS


The virtue of a mountain is its stillness”
— Hua Ching Ni, I Ching

Click on the mountain above to begin the 360° VR video experience. Move your phone, ipad or mouse to look around. Gear VR, Daydream, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive highly recommended. 

 

3 Eco Snow Facts:

Animals and plants depend on snow cover for protection and warmth during winter months

Snow acts as a thermal blanket for plants and animals by trapping air in its crystal structure. The insulating effect of snow helps ground soil retain warmth and moisture during winter and protects plants and organisms from freezing winds and evaporation. In the northern hemisphere, animals such as bears and groundhogs also rely on the thermal properties of snow during hibernation. 

Snow reflects sunlight to help regulate global temperatures 

Earth Snowcover for March 2016 - courtesy of Nasa Earth Observations

Earth Snowcover for March 2016 - courtesy of Nasa Earth Observations

Like ice, snow relfects a large amount of solar energy and heat that is normally absorbed by the surface of the Earth. The amount of solar radiation relfected back into space compared to the amount that is absorbed is known as 'albedo'. Without winter snowcover, the surface of the earth would absorb 4-6 times the amount of solar radiation.

Snowmelt provides our rivers and lakes with water 

Spring snowmelts are a vital source of drinking and agricultural water supplies in much of the northern hemisphere. 

 

snow and climate change

The link between global snow albedo and climate is complex, but a declining trend in seasonal snow cover due to global warming has meant that the Earth's albedo is becoming weaker, with less solar radiation and heat reflected back into space. Since winter snows are also melting earlier each spring, a time when there is typically more sunlight, the loss of albedo is reducing the vital cooling effect that snow has on balancing global temperatures. The overall effect is the acceleration of global warming each year. 

The decline in seasonal snow falls is also affecting the environment in other ways. Whilst less overall snow during winter means less water for reservoirs, agriculture, rivers and streams, higher seasonal temperatures can lead to rain and rapid snowmelts that cause flooding in early spring. Similarly, reduced snowcover can expose plants and animals to harsh conditions at unexpected times, or else suffocate them during extreme blizzard events that deposit too much snow in small areas.

 

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BEACH


BEACH


Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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WATERFALL JOURNEY


WATERFALL JOURNEY


Water is the driving force of all nature
— Leonardo Da Vinci
 
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WHAT YOU CAN DO


WHAT YOU CAN DO


The reality of climate change and endangered species can cause distress due to feelings of overwhelm, uncertainty, and helplessness. These feelings are a normal and natural response to the thought of losing something you value - similar to how you might feel if someone you cherished was threatened. The good news is that wilderness environments are resilient and won't be devastated by global warming overnight. Many organisations also work locally and globally toward a sustainable future to protect endangered species and biodiversity. There is time to make a difference. EcoVR can help by providing calming and enriching virtual experiences that remind you of your natural connection to the wider world. Promoting a calm response to global warming that is informed and empowered by a mixture of actual and virtual eco experiences is our goal.

What you can do:

  • Seek out and develop a deeper connection with your nearest wilderness environment. Spending time in wilderness areas is not only therapeutic but helps to understand and learn how natural environments work, how they support and protect, renew and replenish. Let it be your teacher in learning how to help and protect it. Discuss your ideas with friends and family.
  • Support critically endangered species and wildlife habitats by contributing to established organisations that serve to protect them.
  • Support the use of renewable energies that don't rely on fossil fuels. 
  • Support the work of EcoVR in using immersive technologies to bring virtual wilderness experiences and environmental awareness to everyone, independent of accessibility, income and geography. 

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