We say NO
No to the climate-damaging exorbitant building!
The large aquarium is a burden on the climate and contradicts the goal of a 2,000-watt society: The operation alone consumes as much energy as 1,400 households. The Ozeanium is also furthering the destruction of the coral reefs. During catching and transport – mostly by plane – up to 80 percent of coral fish can die.
No to the financial risk for taxpayers!
There are already 6 other large aquariums within a radius of 500 kilometers. The "Aquatis" in Lausanne opened at the end of 2017 and already had 70,000 fewer visitors than planned in the first year. Even if the construction in Basel is financed by donations, a massive deficit threatens during operation. At that point, taxpayers will be asked to pay.
No to the impending traffic collapse!
The canton wants to sell the land for the construction under market price. Despite 500,000 expected visitors, the traffic impact was deliberately excluded from the submission: traffic problems are inevitable. The people of Basel are losing the opportunity for a valuable urban meeting place in the heart of the city.
No to 100 million Swiss Francs wasted for supposed environmental education!
The exorbitant building should sensitise for the "protection of the seas". But contemporary nature and animal protection looks different: 100 million Swiss Francs invested locally could ensure marine protected areas to be safe for many years to come!
8 ADDITIONAL REASONS WHY WE DO NOT WANT AN "OZEANIUM" IN BASEL:
Almost a third of the coral reefs have been destroyed. Also the "Ozeanium" in Basel would contribute to the weakening of marine ecosystems by removing coral reef fish from their natural habitat.
According to scientific estimations, four out of five fish caught in the reef can die before they reach an aquarium.
The "Ozeanium" project is by no means compatible with Basel's goal of a 2,000-watt society
The "Ozeanium" Basel pursues the principle "less space for more animals" against all current trends in animal husbandry.
Ongoing changes in animal husbandry, wildlife trade and import regulations could make the project impossible during construction.
The "Ozeanium" Basel is one of many and shows nothing new.
Regarding environmental education: Never before have there been so many large aquariums in the world - at the same time, the seas have never been as threatened as they are today.
The number of visitors to marine parks across Europe is in habitual decline. Basel would invest in an obsolete model.