Friday, July 25, 2008

Lilypad, A Floating Ecopolis For Climate Refugees

As global warming strikes, the ocean level increases. It happens because the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland as well as the continental glaciers are melting down. In addition, the water dilation due to warmer temperature makes the situation even worse.

GIEC (Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the climate) forecasted that the ocean level should rise between 20 and 90 cm in the 21st century. It was stated that a temperature elevation of 1 degree Celsius will lead to a water-rising of 1 meter and 50 million people will be affected. As the ocean level increases by 2 meter, 250 million people will be affected if unnecessary protections are not constructed.

Vincent Callebaut, a Belgian architect came out with a great concept called the project Lilypad. This floating ecopolis travels on the water line of the oceans, from the equator to the poles following the ocean streams. It can accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and allows the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora around a central lagoon where rainwater is collected and purified. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence between human and nature.

Lilypad has zero carbon emission as it uses only renewable energies, like solar, wind, hydraulic, tidal, and biomass, to produce power. Wastes and CO2 are recycled while aquaculture fields and biotic corridors on and under the main body produce the food needed by the population. This floating structure was inspired by the highly ribbed leave of the great lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia, although it is 250 times bigger. It is hopeful that the project can become a reality in the next century.

Further details and pictures related with this project is available in Vincent Callebaut website at Lilypad, A Floating Ecopolis For Climate Refugees.

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