Teenager Proves How the Oceans Could Clean Themselves
At the TEDxDelft event in 2012, an 18-year-old Boyan Slat impressed crowds with his ambitious ideas to clean up the world’s oceans.
The idea of an array of floating barriers catching and concentrates debris was fascinating but being executed by a teenager seemed improbable. Two years on an The Ocean Cleanup Array concept is convincing more and more people that it is a feasible and viable method to remove almost half the plastic from the North Pacific Garbage patch in 10 years. Slat’s method is also estimated to be 7900x faster and 33x cheaper than conventional methods. The Ocean Cleanup is now raising funds in order to work towards a building a large-scale and operational pilot in 3-4 years’ time. Last April, the project’s initial crowd-funding campaign raised $80,000 in 15 days. Watch the campaign video below and donate here.
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Image Credit: Ocean Cleanup
Article by Jack Bartrop