Polar Cities Envisioned to Survive Global Warming
An environmental activist has come up with a solution to global warming that apparently no one else is talking about: polar cities. That’s right, he envisions future polar cities will house some 200 million survivors of global warming in the far distant future (perhaps in the year 2500, he says on his blog), and he’s lobbying on the Internet for their planning, design and construction — NOW!
"Sounds nutty, I know" the 58-year-old self-described "eco-dreamer" says. "But global warming is for real, climate change is for real, and polar cities just might be important if humankind is to survive the coming ‘events’, whatever they might be, in whatever form they take."
A 1971 graduate of Tufts University in Boston, he says he came up with the idea of polar cities after reading a long interview with British scientist James Lovelock, who has predicted that in the future, the only survivors of global warming might be around 200 million people who migrate to the polar regions of the world.
"Lovelock pointed me in this direction," he says. "Although he has never spoken of polar cities per se, he has talked about the possibility that the polar regions might be the only place where humans can survive if a major cataclysmic event occurs as a direct result of global warming, in the far distant future. I think we’ve got about 30 generations of human beings to get ready for this."
But does he really think that polar cities are practicial, or his idea just something like a Swiftian "modest proposal" to wake people up to the realities of climate change?
"Practical, necessary, imperative," he says. "We need to start thinking about them now, and maybe even designing and building them now, while we still have time and transportation and fuel and materials and perspective. Even if they never get built, the very idea of polar cities should scare the pants off people who hear about the concept and goad them into doing something concrete about global warming. That’s part of my agenda, too."
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