Water is life, how about some dry land?
Movie productions are, sometimes, unfortunate. You may have a vision, but somehow it will find itself, lost at sea. 1995 was not a year when the public openly talked about climate change or the high probability of a massive natural disaster due to mankind produced emissions.
This could have just have been a boat in the sunset. It is not; it´s a vessel, controlled by a character in search of dry land. Many of us laughed and spent some change, for a ninety minutes movie featuring Mr. Costner. The extended edition will amuse you for one hundred and seventy-seven minutes.
Some of us knew then, the risk with the poles losing mass and the consequences of increased sea level. Some just said: – Bah humbug!
The story tells us that dirt is more precious than gold. Yes, some romance of course, and a villain, with an eye patch. A heroes tale, to give mankind a new beginning.
We all know the twists and turns and how he gets the girl at the end of the movie, but what if we want to keep our current world?
Question: Can we support ourselves, develop new communities or nations, at sea?
What is the floating islands project in French Polynesia?
The project consists of constructing ecological floating platforms in a lagoon of French Polynesia that could offer a response to the challenges of rising sea levels and sustainable development.
These platforms would also provide a basis for homes, offices, and infrastructure to encourage the formation of vibrant communities and explore new ways of living together. At the same time, we want to promote innovation in digital and marine technologies by creating an attractive destination benefiting from its unique framework.
Who is “Blue Frontiers”?
Founded in 2017 by members of The Seasteading Institute and a former minister of French Polynesia, Blue Frontiers has a diverse team from around the world, working on developing floating islands in French Polynesia.
It is now independently responsible for all aspects of the project. Blue Frontiers aims to build an ecosystem of products and services to promote sea level rise resiliency, sustainable development, and societal innovation.
Why was French Polynesia chosen?
The Institute was in the process of evaluating potential host countries when it was invited by a Polynesian to consider French Polynesia, given the many strengths of the region:
- Strong institutional stability and the modern rule of law
- Infrastructure and the local market developed for essential goods and services
- Frequent and direct air and sea links to major population centers
- Broadband Internet connectivity with provisions for redundancy and increased capacity
- A large pool of qualified professionals and available service sector and marine services
- Protected and shallow water in some lagoons
- Low cyclone and tsunami activity
- Ideal climate
How much will the floating island project cost French Polynesia?
The Polynesian government will fund neither the studies nor the completion of the project. No Polynesian tax dollars will fund Seasteads. No local investors will get tax exemptions either. The Institute estimates that the amount we are going to have to invest in Polynesia will be between 30 to 50 million USD for the pilot phase.
Where will the Floating Island Pilot be deployed?
During our trip to French Polynesia in September 2016, we visited several promising sites. Detailed studies must now be undertaken, taking into account, in particular, the local residents, the seabed, the currents, and the profile of the wind and waves.
What will these floating islands look like?
The images on our website come from ideas and studies done before we chose French Polynesia as our host country. Our architects will design floating islands that suit the specific environmental and aesthetic needs of the site we select.
Will the environment be protected?
The environment is a major concern of the project, and our architects are very sensitive to protecting it. Our islands are designed to have a negligible impact on the environment, use renewable energies and may even, according to some preliminary studies, lead to an improvement of the ecosystem under certain conditions. We plan to form partnerships for the monitoring of the seabed and to share knowledge about our progress.
What’s the benefit of French Polynesia?
Our partners and companies attracted by this project will contribute to the diversification of the Polynesian economy and help retain local graduates who might otherwise look abroad for opportunities.
Significant investments in construction will spread to the local economy, and businesses and residents will maintain or increase employment with domestic suppliers and traders.
We hope to help place Polynesia at the center of international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, notably by developing the technologies needed to maintain populations threatened by rising sea levels in the Tuamotu and elsewhere.