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Last Update: June 09, 2015

A Generation of thinkers, Really?

This young man is brilliant and inspiring. He brought tears to my eyes to see him talk about his vision for cleaning up our oceans. It definitely brings more than a ray of hope for our environment, but many kudos to our younger generation as well!

This is what I call thinking four dimensionally.

Leading one of the most ambitious ocean cleanup efforts ever, is a young Dutch man.His name is Boyan Slat, and he's come up with a very creative and imaginative way to reduce by half the amount of plastic debris floating in the Pacific within a decade.

He wants the ocean to “clean itself,” instead of thinking linearly and trying to pick it up in the conventional sense.

As the years go by millions of tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans. Slat’s plan is to place enormous floating barriers in rotating tidal locations around the globe (called gyres), and let the plastic waste naturally flow into capture. These barriers aren’t nets—sea life gets tangled in those. They’re big, V-shaped buffers anchored by floating booms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROW9F-c0kIQ

The Ocean Cleanup is Slat’s nonprofit, he says the current will flow underneath those booms, where animals will be carried through safely. The buoyant plastic is funneled above and concentrates at the water’s surface along the barriers for easy gathering and disposal.


Slat leads a team of 100 oceanographers, naval engineers, translators, designers, and others. He’s also getting support from key political figures, like the mayor of Tsushima and the mayor of Los Angeles.


The Ocean Cleanup started with a crowdfunding campaign last year that raised $2 million. Pretty incredible for a 20-year-old with a big idea.



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rosieM Premium
Absolutely brilliant....I also read about generating electricity from garbage, relative to barges just floating around...it is overdue cleaning up behind ourselves and recycling
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TJRANDO Premium
Good for you Rosie, we all need to stay informed and do what we can. Educational blogging about specific new ideas and technology can go a long way to bring awareness to these critical issues!
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rosieM Premium
Totally agree with you on that....it is a wonderful use of social media.....
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judym Premium
That's brilliant!
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TJRANDO Premium
Thanks for chiming in Judy!
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KatieMac Premium
Sounds like a wonderful plan and I hope he gets the support as we need this sort of thinking to take better care of our planet
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TJRANDO Premium
I so agree with you Katie -and just really thrilled the ideas are coming out of a new generation of real thinkers!
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KatieMac Premium
yea it gives hope for the future
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TJRANDO Premium
You are very welcome Shelley.
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simran1133 Premium
Super inspiring, and world-changing! Thanks for sharing! ~ Shelley
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