Episode 29 – Colonizing the Ocean and Mars?

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What if humans colonized the oceans? What if Elon Musk’s dream of a Mars colony came true?

This week we’re looking at the human desire to solve all our problems elsewhere, rather than where we already are. Olivia takes us through the blueprints for entire underwater cities, and Elise leaves the planet entirely: why are billionaires so keen on Mars?

We talk about how colonization rehashes patterns of violence that already exist on land, and how we can spark a cultural shift that dismantles extractive practices and encourages regenerative giving.

Story #1: Underwater Cities and Colonizing the Ocean (Olivia)
Shimizu’s Ocean Spiral. The spiral links to an ocean floor research center.

Ocean Spiral is a conceptual city proposed beneath the surface of the ocean, Sebastian Jordahn for Dezeen, November 6 2017
OCEAN SPIRAL, Deep Sea Future City Concept page by Shimizu Corporation
Would You Live in an Oceanscraper?, The B1M
Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future, Bjarke Ingels for TED, July 1 2019 (Bee-ahr-kuh)
What If We Colonize The Ocean?, Unveiled, July 5, 2019
Lilypad floating city project, Vincent Callebaut

Belgian ecological architect Vincent Callebaut’s Lilypad project. More photos here.
Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf. More photos here.

The cruise documentary we mentioned in passing is Hulu’s The Last Cruise.

Bjarke Ingel’s Urban Riggers project:

Sarly Adre Bin Sarkum’s HO2 scraper
Story #2: Colonizing Mars (Elise)
The Biosphere 2 project is an attempt to simulate Mars-like conditions on Earth (Science Photo Library) via BBC

Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the moon and called it Mars — and this isn’t the first time, Business Insider, March 2020
Elon Musk is flirting with Mars on Twitter and it’s weird, CNET, Feb 2019
Designing A Mars Rover To Launch In 2020, NASA
Elon Musk Says He’ll Put A Million People on Mars by 2050, Futurism, Jan 2020
Five steps to colonising Mars, BBC, Oct 2014
On a planet where you cannot breathe, is living on Mars the best idea?, USA Today, Dec 2020
We’re Already Colonizing Mars, Slate, March 2021

We don’t know how big Mars is, but wanna know who does? NASA!

Here’s a little rundown of how Mars stacks up to Earth:

The Dump

We’re watching a lot of TV!
Search Party
Mare of Easttown
The Other Two

For more on how patterns of colonial violence on land relate to climate change, read this great article by Brian Kahn for Earther: Palestine Is Suffering an Ecological Apartheid.

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World Is Burning Presents: Bottle Episode – Daiquiris and Digressions with Nick Dolan World Is Burning

With Olivia finishing up her grad program and BOTH of us having gotten covid in the last few weeks, we didn't want to throw together an episode! Quality over quantity right? But, we figured you might enjoy Elise's new podcast Bottle Episode: The Professional Bartender's Guide For The Cocktail Enthusiast that she's making with her husband Lan. This is definitely a change of pace from our usual content, but kick back, relax, and learn the history of and how to make one of Elise's favorite classic cocktails, the Daiquiri! On this episode, Lan and Elise chat with Nick Dolan, their dear friend and incredible bartender based in Nashville, TN. He's lent his talents to the NoMad in NYC, the Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, Skull's Rainbow Room, and Nightscape in Nashville, TN. There's no better person to talk Daiquiris with than this kind, brilliant soul. Plus, they talk a little bit about Fox's sustainability practices! Don't forget to give Bottle Episode a follow if you enjoyed listening! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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