“If it’s not profitable, it’s not sustainable”

Support The Seasteading Institute for profitable and sustainable solutions to restore the environment

It’s a strange time we live in.

At The Seasteading Institute, we recognize that many people around the world are facing immense uncertainty. Many people are facing economic hardship.

The Seasteading Institute is facing economic hardship, too.

This week, April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We at The Seasteading Institute hope you will support us this Earth Day because we offer an optimistic vision of floating homes that will do more than conserve the Earth’s natural resources; they will restore the environment. Seasteads will provide a platform for us to discover the best way to build resilient communities that can respond to a multitude of crises. 

We planned this fundraising campaign before the world was swept up in the pandemic crisis. Although it feels like the whole world is changing, one thing has not changed: the need for environmentally restorative and politically autonomous floating communities. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that providing for basic human needs is an essential part of any community. We have learned that “essential workers” are the people who provide health care, food, and electricity. Seasteaders work to innovate technology and processes to produce health care, food and electricity.

That’s why we’re asking for your support this Earth Day. Donate to our #ProfitableIsSustainable campaign between now and World Oceans Day on June 8. 

Align the environmental motive with the profit motive and the humanitarian motive

Marine biologist Neil Anthony Sims, founder of Ocean Era and the Velella Research Project which designs mobile fish farms, spoke for all seasteaders when he said, “We need to bring together the environmental motive, the humanitarian motive, and the profit motive, so they are not at odds with each other, but aligned with each other,” adding later, “If it’s not profitable, it’s not sustainable.”

The Seasteading Institute supports aquapreneurs by informing the public of their work through our videos, podcasts, and the Active Projects page on our website. We also help aquapreneurs work with local governments for legal permissions to start seasteading-related businesses. Many times, aquapreneurs must navigate complicated permitting processes to start an algae or fish farm. Sometimes eco-restorative projects are outright illegal, due to out-dated regulations. Support our efforts to open up more locations where environmentally restorative businesses can thrive.

Change the system

For most of us, the concept of preserving the environment is almost too big to comprehend. We try to do our part by recycling and refusing to use plastic straws, but are we really helping to solve the problem? Our instinct is to try to gather more information: how do emissions affect the temperature of the globe? It snowed a lot this winter, does that mean global warming isn’t real? How much plastic is really in the ocean?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Cleaning up our waste is important, but we must also change the systems we use to provide humanity with food and energy. 

To restore fish populations, reduce the acidity of the ocean, and remove pollutants will require the ingenuity of many people testing out their solutions to see what works. Humans need food, fuel, and clean water. The goal of seasteading is to provide for those needs while also restoring the environment.

Earth Day

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the theme is “Climate Action.” The best action we can take is to support aquapreneurs who are developing new systems to produce food, fuel and energy.

Seasteaders, like Dr. Ricardo Radulovich and Neil Anthony Sims, have developed sustainable methods for fishermen to support themselves. You can listen to Dr. Radulovich describe his programs helping fishermen in communities around the world in our podcast interview, released October 2019.

In the podcast interview with Sims, he described how his floating fish cages allowed him to grow healthy, delicious fish without the usual pollution of traditional fish farms. Local fishermen liked having his floating cages nearby because they attracted wild fish, making them easier to catch.

These methods are different from typical environmental solutions because they partner an environmental motive with the profit motive. The fishermen can afford to change their practices to be more environmentally sustainable because they are growing a product to sell. They don’t have to choose between a sustainable practice and feeding their families.The Earth is 71% ocean. Help us restore the health of Planet Ocean. Share these ideas with the #ProfitableIsSustainable hashtag on social media. Become a supporter today.

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