We will all be refuges from civilization, needing to migrate to a new humanity – the societal butterfly. Those in refuge camps and those challenging poverty in the slum rings (favelas) surrounding many cities on Earth are populations ripe for uplift. Hear Stewart Brand on Squatter Cities. Where to place those flooded out by rising sea levels? Where to place the new population growth?
Many people would, if they could, migrate to another, safer, better place. Where to go? All good places are already occupied, and few places look that much better. Iceland? New Zealand, Finland, Cuba?
I have a wild proposal for the physical aspects of humankind’s migration.
Populate the vast ocean’s surface
with high tech platforms for
humans to live and work.
These will be for habitat, food and energy production,. Permanent, self-sufficient “new land” for all aspects of human life. I once called them floating archipelagos. Linked platforms to survive severe storms. Use our trash for construction. Buildings would lower to below surface during storms. Platforms under & surrounding for sea life natural farming – artificial continental shelves. Wind, solar, wave motion, tide, and temp differential energy sources; fueling water desalination and all other power needs. Other platforms for food production, for CO2 sequestration, factories, and for computer server farms. Design and implement a staged development – with well organized experimentation. Model as the Apollo Program with sub-projects and boundary management. Set up modular, semi-automated production facilities (factories) on coast lines. Design for optimum socialization. Integrate uplift education into the design/construction/establishing processes.
Design as if space colonies, for survival in worst case climate change scenarios. Strategically vacate land regions for recovery. Design construction from renewable energy sources and put no drain on current Earth energy sources. Non polluting. Contribute to ocean recovery and designed not to significantly harm oceans. Ocean de-acidification projects if possible. How might they effect weather patterns if they become extensive?
Existing human cultures and societies are not transported to all ocean platforms. Some are dedicated to the emergence of a nu humanity, with experimental societal systems.
The whole project should be NON PROFIT; where participants are ensured a good lifestyle. An alternative global economy. Start small with experimentation, but design for exponential growth soon after. In a way, aiming BIG may be the best way to succeed.
This can be done without support from the top elites; but it would require collective effort well beyond what we have yet witnessed. Strategies would be needed to keep the top elites from blocking this enterprise or co-opting it. Proving an outlet to reduce pressure on established systems and not threatening to confront them may be a negotiation strategy.
Relate this to my EXODUS model from 1998.