Three out of four bites of food we eat depend on pollination. Bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and flies are all essential to keeping nature healthy. However, the pollinators are in serious decline. Around four in five crop and wild flowering plant species in the EU depend on animal pollination.
The European Commission has teamed up with renowned architect Vincent Callebaut to create the futuristic Pollinator Park. In collaboration with world renowned ‘archiobiotect’ Vincent Callebaut, you are invited into a 30-minute interactive and emotionally engaging virtual reality experience that immerses you in a futuristic world where man and nature co-exist in harmony, hoping to change your perspective and help turn the tide.
The interactive experience is set in 2050 where a cascade of ecological crises has impoverished the world and pollinating insects have all but disappeared. Visitors can walk through different steps in a futuristic farm, which provides a safe haven for pollinators and is an eye-opener for visitors.
Adapted and abridged from Source (This VR experience imagines a future without vital pollinators, Euronews, 30.04.2021)