Eco-conceptionThe international scientific scene assets that a temperature elevation of 1°C will lead to a water rising of 1 meter. This increase of 1 m would bring ground losses emerged of approximately 0.05% in Uruguay, 1% in Egypt, 6% in the Netherlands, 17.5% in Bangladesh and up to 80% approximately in the atoll Majuro in Oceania (Marshall and Kiribati islands and step by step the Maldives islands).
If the first meter is not very funny with more than 50 million of people affected in the developing countries, the situation is worse with the second one. Countries like Vietnam, Egypt, Bangladesh, Guyana or Bahamas will see their most inhabited places swamped at each flood and their most fertile fields devastated by the invasion of salt water damaging the local ecosystems. New York, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hô Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Miami, Lagos, Abidjan, Djakarta, Alexandria… not less that 250 million of climatic refugees and 9% of the GDP threatened if we do not build protections related to such a threat. It is the demonstration inflicted to reluctant spirits by a climatological study of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and that challenges the imagination of eco-conception!
Eco-friendly StructureEntirely auto-sufficient, Lilypad takes up the four main challenges launched by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in March 2008 – climate, biodiversity, water and health. It reached a positive energetic balance with zero carbon emission by the integration of all the renewable energies (solar, thermal and photovoltaic energies, wind energy, hydraulic, tidal power station, osmotic energies, phytopurification, biomass) producing thus more energy than it consumes! A true biotope entirely recyclable, this floating Ecopolis tends towards positive eco-accountancy in oceanic ecosystems by producing and softening itself oxygen and electricity, by recycling the CO2and waste, by purifying and softening biologically used water and by integrating ecological niches, aquaculture fields and biotic corridors on and under its body to meet its own food needs. This means that it will be eco-friendly and will run on renewable energy. It will only float and move about with the currents and movement of the seas themselves. Neither the cost of the building the city nor the cost of living there has been revealed.
To reply to the mutation of the migratory flows coming from hydroclimatic factors. The lilypad joins on the mode of anticipation particular to Jules Verne’s literature, the alternative possibility of a multicultural floating Ecopolis whose metabolism would be in perfect symbiosis with the cycles of nature. It will be one of the major challenges of the 21st Century to create an international convention inventing new means to accommodate environmental migrants by recognizing their rights and obligations. Political and social challenges apart urban sustainable development must, more than ever, enter in resonance with human sustainable development!