How Climate Change Ruins U.N.’s Plan for Floating Cities

Cody Goerlich

As a way to combat rising sea levels, the U.N. has been looking into a new proposal to create floating cities that would reside atop the oceans. Considering most major cities worldwide are located on or near the seas of oceans, floating cities may seem to be a smart and practical solution to the problems caused by climate change; however, it’s actually highly unreasonable.

By simply moving people rather than trying to make any real change, the U.N. would be funding a bail out rather than a solution. Furthermore, there would be immense damage costs simply due to the fact that no one has experience with marine civilizations. In addition, these floating metropolis’ would greatly affect the lives of marine organisms, starting with construction causing pollution and habitat destruction and eventually leading to the perpetual environmental effect caused by daily human life (human waste, trash, etc.). Even if necessities were brought into and out of the city, the carbon footprint would still be large as a mode of transportation would be needed. Lastly, natural disasters would be a huge liability for these communities, and the intense weather would, at a minimum, would cause disruptions city wide.