Using Virtual Reality to Visit Climate Protection Projects in Central America

How do young people in Central America campaign for climate protection? What actions are they taking to fight for a better future? How do strong women secure their livelihoods by sticking together and growing their own coffee?
The Virtual Reality project “cards on the table”, accompanied and co-developed by EXCIT3D, brings together Virtual Reality and climate protection.

FSI Forum für soziale Innovation GmbH is now inviting the public to a multi-visual exhibition in the Gläserne Werkstatt (Hauptstraße 61-63). In a unique 360-degree experience, visitors can immerse themselves in the real lives of young people in Latin America and join them in their diverse activities for environmental protection and fair trade. You can come along as they reforest mangrove forests or work for a women’s cooperation in coffee production.

VR exhibition „cards on the table!
06.03.2024 18:00-21:00 Uhr
Gläserne Werkstatt (Hauptstraße 61-63, 42651 Solingen)

The footage is the result of an international collaboration at eye level: students from Ecosign – Akademie für Gestaltung Köln and activists from the climate network “Young Expertise” from Jinotega, Solingen’s twin city in Nicaragua, and San Lorenzo (Honduras) developed the script in close collaboration and learned how to use 360-degree and VR cameras. The video material was produced in Central America in September 2023 and then post-produced in Germany. Solingen-based IT company EXCIT3D was an important cooperation partner.

The final films are part of an educational program; starting in March, they will be used to raise awareness for climate protection and fair trade among schoolchildren in the Bergisches Land region. The medium of Virtual Reality is intended to overcome barriers in “education for sustainable development” (foreign language skills, type of school, social status, etc.). This immersive method allows everyone to experience the beauty of nature and the passion of young people to protect it.

The project is supported by Stiftung Umwelt & Entwicklung NRW and Wuppertal-based company Knipex.
If you have any questions or inquiries about the educational program, please contact Max Gehrmann.