Appropriately named for its biblically-proportioned aims, the Noah’s Ark Project intends to wage war against the worryingly rapid loss of biodiversity. The conservation project, led by partners Richard and Hein Prinsloo-Curson, will begin construction in August 2020.
Mr Prinsloo-Curson told Express.co.uk the audacious scheme’s sheer scale requires incorporating innovative tech that has not yet been invented.
We need to change our relationship with the planet and Noah’s Ark aims to motivate that change
He said: ‘The project comprises of three main sections: a landmark in South Africa, which will conserve and preserve all life on Earth now and future.
“They can include state-of-the-art technology to manage DNA from all the species on the planet, in case the worst was to happen.
“There are also action centres going to be built around the world to deal with environmental and climate issues locally.
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“Our action centres can really make a direct difference to some of the major problems we’re facing, climate wise and for the conservation of the planet.
“And finally, there’s the social aspect of Noah’s Ark, which is us – the human race.
“We need to change our relationship with the planet and Noah’s Ark aims to motivate that change over the next five to 10 years, and reprogram the human race to have a different, better and more positive relationship with our planet and life around us.
The mind-boggling scale of the project becomes apparent after learning the average dome size is about half a miles (1km) in diameter and 30 storeys high, almost as high as Canary Wharf.
This will make these mega structures the biggest domes in the world.
Mr Prinsloo-Curson said: “They have to be so because we need to fit a lot of species in them.
For example, in the Amazon, we’ve got 2,000 species of birds and we want to try and have an example of all of those in the Amazonian dome.
“And so we think one kilometre diameter isn’t going to be big enough, so we’re already talking about adapting some of the domes to be even bigger, to accommodate the kind of life we want to have in there.
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“That’s an exciting project for me as well, because I’m getting to see these amazing engineering concepts being talked about and coming to life.”
The project views crowdfunding as key to the project’s success, as this will allow the public to feel a sense of joint ownership for the project and to help hold the organisers to account.
The Noah’s Ark Foundation intends to receive no help from government organisations and instead intends to call on lots of small donations from a global community desperate for environmental action.
And when pressed on the timescale of completion, the organiser said: “We intend to be completed in five years – that’s the intention, but we expect that there will be things that take longer.
“Perhaps 10 years we’ll have a completely completed arc and global action centres as well.”
The foundation is calling for people keen on helping save the planet to donate just £5 towards the project at www.noahsark.life/donate
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