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.
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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