15 July 2015
The islands of Kiribati have been inhabited since 3000 BC but if the sea level keeps rising there will be a serious problem. For a decade the country’s president Anote Tong has informed the 100,000 residents of this tiny State of the Pacific Ocean that can not be clinging onto the 32 atolls for the next years. At the same time a possible solution is on the horizon … as unlikely as it sounds. Using a pioneering Japanese company and a few tens of billions of dollars, Mr. Tong is considering the creation of the first floating state in the world.
The construction company Shimizu Tokyo office drew up plans for a city that floats on the surface of the Pacific, referring largely to science fiction.
Each island will have an area of two miles and a central tower where you develop a city in the sky with residential units for about 30,000 people, parks, offices and shops. The center line will also be used for growing vegetables and fruits in order to make the city self-sufficient in food. The flat base of the island, based on the ocean floor, it can also offer space to live about 10,000 people. There will be no forests, beaches and port facilities.
The state will be fully protected from earthquakes and tsunamis and be unaffected by natural disasters. “We are still in the planning stage, of course, but we think it is a feasible project. Otherwise the country will be completely destroyed, “said the head of the company.