Could this 20-year-old genius save the world? 15



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With five trillion pieces of plastic currently floating in the Earth’s ocean, killing ocean life every day, the idea of cleaning up the mess seems unfathomable.

But humanity has a knack for finding ingenious solutions to its own problems; we may have a simple, practical and affordable solution. Better yet, it comes from the mind of a 20-year-old.

Boyan Slat, the young founder of The Ocean Cleanup organisation, has designed a floating structure that will trap debris using a conveyer belt, propelled by the ocean’s own currents.



The organisation has now announced it will be ready to deploy the first structure off the coast of Japan early next year, according to IFL Science,

“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today,” said Slat.”

“Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”

The Ocean Cleanup has also launched The Mega Expedition, an initiative to create a detailed map of the plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean using 60 vessels, as detailed in the video below.

Watch the video below, and tell us: does this provide hope for our planet’s future? 





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  1. Wasn’t convinced by that video. However I think we (everyone) should make a point of disposing of rubbish responsabily on the land as in the sea. From little things big things grow!

  2. It’s good to see a young person with such a good idea, a lot of the rubbish would be able to be recycled, and the more we do to clean up the mess the better for the future of the planet.

  3. What a great idea, let’s hope it works. We could help by banning bottled water and less packaging in the supermarket.

  4. Once a few ideas are floated (pun intended) others will see ways to make those original ideas better, faster, cheaper etc. and yes, it does boost my faith in the future.

  5. We’ve had CleanUp Australia for years manned with volunteers so the quesrion is who are the polluters littering the ocean and how can we target them best? What are they going to do with their collected garbage and how much is it going to cost for the cartage and recycling? Will fish and other sea creatures get caught up in the collections? Will we see in the future giant ships or trawlers roaming our oceans?

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