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Your Mission in virtual reality


Explore the remnants of Mer, a magical lost civilization, and bring it back to life by overcoming challenges, planting vibrant coral gardens and lowering your real world CO  footprint.



Some of the places, you will adventure, create and transform.

 Lost City of Mer 

 The Secret Coral Garden 

 Cathedral Cave 

 Pirate Poacher Ship Graveyard 

Interactive Innovation

Lost City of Mer is a cross-platform interactive experience

that combines a smartphone app with VR. 


The project utilizes a groundbreaking living narrative structure

where your real-world actions impact the story that unfolds in VR. 

The phone app, which directly interfaces with the VR world,

enables you to win rewards in the virtual world, through 

cutting carbon emissions in the real world.

Download App

Win rewards and unlock adventures for walking

instead of driving, and lowering your CO  footprint.

Learn about how much CO2  is released when you drive.


Track your steps and win rewards!

Watch the Lost City of Mer Trailer

Dive In
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Dives in Mer and Presentations

New York City, NY



Brisbane, Australia

Best XR Content Committee Award: 2nd Place

Best XR Content Audience Award: 2nd Place

September 23rd, 2019, United Nations,  New York City, NY

SDG Action Zone dives, The General Assembly Climate Summit

September 27th, 2019, SDG Media Zone, United Nations, NY

Using Technology for Social Impact Panel  - broadcast on UN TV


26th International Symposium on Electronic Art

Montreal, Canada



2019 The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dives and talk by Liz Canner

United Nations Global Festival of Action 2020

World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

Canceled due to the pandemic

Selected to exhibit and offer dives in Mer


October 21st, 2019, Burlington, VT

Dives, lecture and discussion with Liz Canner

Champlain College
Vermont International Film Festival

2019, Burlington, VT


The Media Factory

2019, Burlington, VT

VR for Social Impact with Lost City of Mer Workshop

Michener Art Musuem

Postponed until further notice due to the pandemic

Exhibition and dives

New York Public Library Event for Administators and Educators

2019, New York City, NY

Dives and Talk

The Explorers Club

June 4th, 2019, New York City, NY

Dives for World Oceans Week

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White River Indie Film Festival

2019, White River Junction, VT


The Rockefeller University

2019, New York City, NY

Prototype dive

The New York Videogame Critics Circle

2019, New York City, NY

Prototype dive 

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Dartmouth College

2019, Carnegie Institution for Science and

National Geographic, Washington, D.C.

Dives in multiple locations

2018, New York City, NY

Dives for staff

School Library Journal

2019, Hanover, NH

Dives and invited talk

Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Conference

2018, University of Maryland

Dives and invited talk


2018, New York City, NY

Dives - Premiere of prototype/Chapter 1

Games for Change Festival
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UN ARTS x SDG Online Festival

April, 2020

The mysterious underwater Mer civilization and much of its flora

and fauna have been destroyed. You are the first Mer Baby born

in decades. Athina, a baby seal, befriends you and takes you

on a journey through the remnants of the metropolis. 

 Do you have what it takes to bring Mer and her otherworldly inhabitants back to life?

You swim, using unique navigation developed especially for the

game, and witness the devastating effects of ocean temperature

rise and acidification which have ruined Mer’s ecosystem. Information bubbles explain climate change science (coming soon

in Chapter Two) and gameplay rewards action such as planting

coral and reducing your carbon footprint. The more you invest in

positive action and life creation, the more vibrant and stunning

the ecosystem will become.

The Evolution and Extinction of Aquaprimates

Mer are aquaprimates.  Physical and genetic similarities show that the modern Mer species has a very close relationship to homo sapiens.  They share a common ancestor that lived between 8 and 6 million years ago.  The first aquaprimates evolved off the coast of Africa in the Red Sea.

Paralleling the biological evolution of early Mer was the development of cultural technologies that allowed them to become increasingly successful at acquiring food and surviving predators.  Advances in the Coral Age saw the development of high technology, sophisticated architecture and advanced science. 

Playful and secretive in nature, the Mer kept their elaborate civilization hidden from homo sapiens.  Humans long suspected their existence and records of Mer sightings go back thousands of years.  They are known for their ability to sing in the most alluring way and generate an enthrallment with nature.  Unfortunately, due to recent ocean acidification and temperature rise, the Mer are thought to be extinct.

Built on Climate Change Science


Lost City of Mer is built on science in order to educate and

activate the general public about the threat climate change poses

to the health of our planet.  Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species and are one of the most important ecosystems

on earth. It is estimated that by 2050 most of them will be gone

if there is not large scale action.  

 In Lost City of Mer learn about ocean temperature rise

and acidification, the threat posed by pollution,

over-fishing and solutions.

Science Bubbles


Your Mer scientist mom left clues in

bubble messages for you about how to

revive the mysterious Mer civilization.


Coral Planting has shown to be a viable method for restoring some dying reefs.

Design your own coral garden, and watch as it revives the ecosystem with exotic sea creatures.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian


Polluted water pours into The Secret Coral Garden, the only place in Mer that is still alive. Can you stop the pollution and save the reef?

A science bubble reveals that industrial agriculture is pouring reactive nitrogen and phosphorous into the oceans through rivers, creating “ocean dead zones”.  We have the ability to rectify coastal pollution by changing farming practices.

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The Secret Coral Garden


Carbon Dioxide Meter

Functionality Coming Soon in Chapter Two

The CO2  and water temperature meter responds to the player's real world actions to lower their carbon footprint as a form of gameplay and informs players about the impact of carbon on the ocean.

Lost City of Mer was created in Unreal Engine for HTC Vive. The smartphone app is available for Apple and Android devices.


Auckland University of Technology

Individual Donations





We are searching for funds to fully actualize Mer. Donations can be made to Astrea Media, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit,
PO Box 361, 335 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10009. 
Your support is tax deductible. Thank you!

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