A solution To Oceans of Plastic

A Solution To Oceans of Plastic by Young People…

Those like Boyan Slat, and I believe there are many more young people who care very much about our world, and more importantly our human race being destroyed by plastic.

I am so heartened by an article I read about this young man from the Netherlands…who has a clear idea of how to clean up our oceans and seas, of plastic and rubbish. When he was a 16 year old schoolboy on a diving trip to Greece he was shocked by the amount of plastic rubbish in the water, “there were more bags than fish” he observed.

Plan To Remove Plastic From The Ocean

Back home he read all he could on the subject and Googled everything related to it. He and a friend decided to use an idea for a science competition at their school. So good was it that they won the competition. This wonderful idea involved placing a long barrier in the sea to catch large pieces of floating plastic.

When he was 18 he commenced a university degree in aero-space engineering while still researching the plastic problem, and soon after he was invited to present his solution at a TEDx ideas conference and the video went viral. YouTube had 2.6 million viewers. Believing he had more work to do to improve his idea, he kept a low profile, but within 6 months he left university  and set up…

The Ocean Cleanup.

Four years later he is CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, employs an increasing team of paid staff from researchers to engineers with donations from crowdfunding, and thanks to the generous sponsorship and relevant businesses, has passed $51.4 million at the time of this article (October 2017). The cleanup will start in 2018.

The Cleanup will float 100 km long curved barriers which as you would expect are environmentally friendly and made from thermoplastic and high-density polyethylene. These barriers will float at strategic points, beginning with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They’ll look like giant “fallen eyelashes” where sea life can pass through a gap under a short screen, safely unhindered.

Plastic Waste Recycled

The intended target is all the plastic near the surface right down to 1cm in size and will be enclosed and confined in a reservoir in the middle, and then picked up by a boat, every few months or so and taken back to land. The plastic waste will then be recycled and sold to fund the  project’s continuation of it’s great work. Barriers of this kind will be deployed in all the gyres and hopefully adapted to river mouths and wherever they’re needed.

Boyan by all accounts does not want to be called an environmentalist nor a greenie and apparently he’s not anti-plastic, but we can’t forget his shock at what he saw in the ocean when he was just 16…he clearly cares for the planet he lives on, as do all his colleagues who are working with him. Of course he has his critigues, the naysayers saying it can’t be done, but he and his supportive colleagues have been testing for years and don’t take any risks.

Making our World a Safer Place

There will always be those with negative criticisms, but as long as we have young enthusiastic people who are willing to put time and energy into making our world a safer place for human and sea life, who cares about those negative people anyway. Boyan and his team do not guarantee anything but at least they are making a huge effort to do something and thankfully many believe in them.

Knowledge of the Dangers of Plastic

And that’s why I love young people like Boyan and company…their beliefs, new ideas, confidence, hope and enthusiasm is always a joyful and inspiring thing. Armed with all the knowledge of the dangers of plastic and so many other unnatural products we’ve all become used to depending on, I feel sure they’ll continue to work hard to find a way back to nature.

It’s their time now and no doubt they’ll make the world a better place for their children to grow up in and enjoy with better health.

“Be part of the Solution not the Polution”