As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream By: Mike Ives

Summary of Article: In Hong Kong, in the South pacific, they have to developed a plan to respond to climate change by building a city of floating islands. The government of French Polynesia agreed to having these islands in their lagoons. The project was created by the Seasteading Institute, a California nonprofit, that raised about $2.5 million from over 1,000 interested donors. The group's executive director, Randolph Hencken, said the project could begin in French Polynesia as soon as next year, pending the results of economic feasibility studies. The project's pilot islands would cost a total of $10 million to $50 million. It would house a few dozen people and initial residents would be middle income buyers from the developed world. The island was also hoping to showcase innovations in solar power, sustainable aquaculture and ocean-based wind farms. There was difficulties trying to build waste management systems for the islands and convincing investors to buy property in such an untested environment. Mr. Hencken expects the plan to eventually include dozens of artificial islands and in other areas threatening by rising sea level. He also said once the platforms become cheaper to manufacture then the cost of housing will decrease. Some argue that this money would better be spent on education, healthcare or other pressing issues. However, recent climate models are predicting that by 2100 the ocean will rise five to six feet so something will need to be done soon.

“We have a vision that we’re going to create an industry that provides floating islands to people who are threatened by rising sea levels,” Mr. Hencken said.
The location of the floating island project is in the South Pacific Ocean.
French Polynesia

Check out this video to see a virtual tour of the floating island project in French Polynesia.

“The oceans are the most ignored part of the planet, so I’m excited by the possibilities which will emerge when you get some of Silicon Valley’s more adventurous souls focusing on the sustainable use of our coastal and marine areas,” said Lelei LeLaulu, who specializes in the Pacific Islands and advises the International Finance Corporation on sustainable business.
The beautiful oceans of French Polynesia.

Check out this video to learn more about the Floating City Project from Joe Quirk a spokesman for the Seasteading Institute.

The floating island project

Analysis of Article: The content of this article is noteworthy because since global warming is a pressing issue and it is inevitable that the oceans are going to rise, we need to find a method to cope with this issue. The floating islands offer a possible solution as to where we can live and prosper once some of the land people are currently living on disappears underwater. Many wealthy donors choose to spend their money on this project as opposed to other pressing issues or charities so they are clearly concerned for our future and recognize this as a problem that needs to be dealt with. However, these floating islands are very expensive, difficult to build, and difficult to convince people to live on them. Nonetheless, it is good that we are starting to think of solutions to problems global warming. As we begin to look at the pros and cons of this solution it can help us think deeply and possibly come up with other solutions.

Sustainable energy use in the island project

My Big "Takeaway": I think it's extremely concerning how quickly our oceans are rising and global warming is altering our world and that we have to go to such extreme lengths to create new land. It also emphasizes that fact that if we don't starting taking action now before we know it there will be no more land. Everyday, although we may not realize it, we are contributing to global warming. It doesn't matter where you drive your car because at the end of the day those carbon dioxide emissions are still contributing to the rising sea levels in French Polynesia. We don't always see the direct effects of our actions but that doesn't mean somewhere else the whole environment isn't being permeantly altered. There is so much beauty left in the world and we can throw in the towel and say it's too late because otherwise we are going to all end up living on artificial land, with only memories of the beauty of real land.

French Polynesia at sunset.

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