Metaverse: what lies ahead in the environmental field and what opportunities?

Plants and the environment will be the testing ground of the Metaverse. This is where the line between nightmare and the discovery of a new world of opportunity for humanity will cross

The prospect of moving a large portion of current social activities such as meetings, concerts, business gatherings, and evenings with friends online promises, according to proponents of Metaverse technologies, a substantial reduction in related Co2 emissions but represents a real social nightmare for those who have been forced into 2 years of school DAD or virtual meetings.

Will we wake up one day as if in a giant Matrix? Plugged in from our meager technological nest and always connected? If we spend most of our time connected in the Metaverse spending and shopping virtually, what will our homes and cities become?

According to some, the drastic reduction in traffic and the resulting increase in time saved in “unnecessary” travel to physically go to the office or school could be spent on activities related to our well-being or fitness, through the metaverse itself. For others, we envision a future of hive houses from which to connect from our own multi-purpose “cell.” We will sleep, eat and live in a much smaller environment than we do today. Perhaps we will be masters of Villas and Castles in the Metaverse, but our physical bodies will be content with much less.

Many are already magnifying the benefits of the tourism of the future, where we will be able to visit distant locations, walk on Mars or explore an ancient primeval forest without moving from our couch. Will new devices such as “connected shoes” or “tactile gloves” ever be able to render the feeling of walking barefoot on a dew-covered meadow?

Science fiction has already answered yes, the “holodeck” of spaceships in the famous Star Trek series allows a totally real and immersive experience, indistinguishable from reality.

While waiting for the computing power and other necessary technologies, Designers and architects are designing and building, together with Game Designers, a world of highly interactive experiences.

NFT, virtual artworks certified with the “Block Chain,” such as the “Living Vase 01” flower vase exhibited at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, and “virtual goods” virtual furniture stores are already opening in different Metaverse.

If I can buy land and build a “virtual” house I will also have to furnish it somehow.

And here we come to the first big problem: there is still no shared standard for making purchases interchangeable between the different metaverses. This could lead to a lot of wasted energy and contribute to increased CO” emissions required by the various “rival” data centers.

Activities that now seem unrealistic will become common experience. But spending hours and hours connected to the network through 3D viewers.

Taking the first steps into the Metaverse, many are caught by “Virtual Reality Nausea,” a kind of seasickness mainly due to the mismatch between what we see and what our senses deputed to manage movement and balance perceive.

The new 5G Network and the increase in computing power needed to support a true immersive Metaverse could be the coup de grace to our planet through an uncontrolled increase in CO2 emissions generated by the construction of the immense data centers needed to handle them.

One possible and desirable solution will be to bring plants back around us, into offices, into homes. Imagining homes from which to connect filled with greenery has a calming effect on our anxiety about the future. Thanks to plants, we can in fact have our own human-sized nest, where we can breathe natural air produced by photosynthesis and not synthetic air.

Plants and the environment will be the testing ground of the Metaverse. From here will pass the line between nightmare and the discovery of a new world of opportunity for humanity.


The metaverse is a digital representation of a virtual world in which users can interact with each other and their surroundings through avatars. It is an emerging technology that promises to offer a wide range of opportunities, including gaming experiences, education, socialization and commerce.

However, the metaverse also has the potential to have a significant environmental impact. For example, the continuous operation of the servers that power the metaverse requires enormous amounts of energy, which could have a negative impact on the environment if not managed properly. In addition, the production of hardware needed to access the metaverse could also contribute to the production of e-waste.

To ensure that the development of the metaverse is sustainable, it is important that developers adopt a number of sustainable practices and policies. This may include using renewable energy to power the metaverse’s servers, designing environmentally sustainable hardware, and promoting green behaviors among metaverse users.

In addition, metaverse developers should consider the issue of accessibility. The metaverse should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their geographical location, physical ability, or income. This can be achieved through the use of accessible technologies and maintaining affordable costs for access to the metaverse.

In general, sustainable development of the metaverse requires collaboration among developers, users, and affected communities. Only through a collective commitment to sustainability can it be ensured that the metaverse is a fun and inclusive experience for all, without negatively impacting the environment and society.


The metaverse, as a virtual environment, may have limited impact on agriculture and climate. However, there are some applications of the metaverse that could be used to raise awareness and address climate and agricultural issues.

For example, educational games based on the metaverse can be used to teach young people the importance of sustainable agriculture and environmental management practices. In addition, metaverse-based agricultural simulators can help farmers test and develop new cultivation and crop management techniques.

In addition, the metaverse can be used to create immersive experiences that show the effects of climate change on different environments, such as forests and oceans. These experiences can help people better understand the urgency of taking measures to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects.

In addition, the metaverse can also be used as a platform for sharing information on sustainable agriculture and environmental management. For example, forums and virtual communities can help farmers share their experiences and best practices for sustainable natural resource management.

In summary, although the metaverse itself has limited impact on agriculture and climate, it can be used as a tool for environmental and agricultural sustainability awareness and education. There are many opportunities to use the metaverse to create immersive and engaging experiences that help people better understand the importance of sustainability and take steps to address climate and agricultural challenges.


The metaverse, is helping us in a number of concrete development actions to improve quality of life, healthy and qualitative nutrition, given the scientifically proven benefits with the MEDITERRANEAN DIET.

To do this we need to study climate change well, prevent the risks from drought, and develop crops of the same product, such as vegetables, fruits, rice, hemp, sunflowers, etc……, under mutually compatible climatic conditions in various parts of the universe. Crops that can improve the environment, develop healthy energy programs, powered by alternative energy systems, hydroelectric, photovoltaic, biomass, etc.

POPULAR LIGHT UNIVERSITY is carrying out in different platforms these researches, is training interested professionals, is also making comparisons of sharing knowledge and skills in order to be able to present pilot projects in some European countries to be financed with PNRR FUNDS, European and national calls.

Those interested in developing these projects can start by following the Level I Master’s Program for Environmental Experts, participate in upcoming MASTERCLASSES dedicated to CLIMATE, INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, by writing to or +39 375- 6282095 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR TO JOIN AN INNOVATIVE TEAM? ALSO BECOME A VISIONARY FOR INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT