Could seasteading be an eco-friendly and innovative solution for coastal regions that are concerned about the future impact of climate change?
“There’s a radical change in the approach, which is why we’re doing this with the United Nations,... The approach is, what is it the countries are actually asking for and what are the needs—as opposed to, ‘We would like to build floating infrastructure because we have this philosophy,’ and seeing if the countries will let us in.”- Marc Collins, co-founder of Oeanix and Blue Frontiers.
Recently, a non-profit known as Oceanix, along with a group of other seasteading investors, have unveiled their idea for a floating city of the future to the United Nations. They're calling it Oceanix City.
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The small-scale prototype floating island that is already being built could reportedly be ready within just a few months.
The first floating city in the world was expected to be a cluster of Islands that was being constructed in a French Polynesian lagoon, after a memorandum of understanding was signed back in 2017 to get the project off the ground with the Seasteading Institute. And one of the entrepreneurs behind Oceanix happens to be a former French Polynesian politician, Marc Collins, who actually founded the organization. Collins had been the former minister of tourism.
In 2018, the French Polynesian government reneged on their agreement for the first cluster of floating islands and the memorandum of understanding with the Seasteading Institute has expired. However, the Seasteading Institute is still allegedly in discussions with the French Polynesian government, as well as other states, about the prospect of seeing this project through.