The ambitious project in Southern Africa aims to provide a sanctuary for those fleeing the impacts of climate change, with remarkable progress made since breaking ground in early 2037.
Gaborone, Botswana, 4/12/38 T.A.D. – A coalition of Southern African nations, known as the Southern African Climate Resilience Initiative (SACRI), broke ground on an audacious new project in early 2037: the construction of an underground city beneath Gaborone, Botswana. The city, named “Goodlove” through a popular series of public opinion polls conducted via text, is designed to house climate refugees fleeing the harsh conditions of drought and extreme heat above ground.
The site was strategically chosen due to the suitability of the underlying Gaborone Granite Complex, which offers a stable foundation for the massive undertaking. Another key factor in the location choice was the absence of valuable resources, ensuring a large, geologically sound area to excavate while avoiding conflicts with existing or abandoned mining operations — as well as the security threats posed by militias and criminal organizations protecting their claims.
Now, in April 2038, the underground city project is in its early stages, but the progress made thus far has been nothing short of impressive. To date, the excavations have reached a depth of 220 meters, creating a vast subterranean space that will eventually accommodate up to 800,000 residents.
Dr. Naledi Khumalo, lead engineer and spokesperson for the project, shared some insight into the innovative design of Goodlove: “Our vision is to create a sustainable, self-sufficient, and eco-friendly environment for our residents. The city will be powered by renewable energy sources, utilize advanced recycling systems, and incorporate vertical farming to ensure food security.”
The construction is being managed by the international engineering firm, TerraFirma, which has partnered with local companies such as Botswana Underground Solutions and the Gaborone-based architectural firm, SubTerra Designs.
Mayor Obakeng Molefe of Gaborone expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “Goodlove is not just a sanctuary for climate refugees; it’s also an opportunity for our region to showcase our ability to innovate and adapt to the challenges of the future.”
As construction progresses, Goodlove has already begun to attract global interest, with investors and potential residents alike expressing interest in the project. To accommodate the anticipated demand, the city will be divided into several districts, each with its own unique character and amenities, such as shopping centers, schools, and recreational facilities.
By the time Goodlove is completed in 2046, it is estimated that over 40,000 workers will have been employed in the construction process, providing a significant economic boost to the region.
As we continue to monitor the development of this groundbreaking endeavor, the world watches with anticipation as the Southern African Climate Resilience Initiative leads the way in addressing the impacts of climate change and providing a safe haven for those most affected.
Reporting for Future News, this is Gimba Mbuku, Capetown.