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 the survival of our human race, in a healthy way.

I am so heartened by an article I read about this young man from the Netherlands. He has a clear idea of how to clean up our oceans and seas, of plastic and rubbish. He was only a 16 year old schoolboy on a diving trip to Greece. Amazed by the amount of plastic rubbish in the water, he started his research.

Innovative Plan 

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. He continued researching the plastic problem. And soon after he was invited to present his solution at a TEDx ideas conference. The video went viral. YouTube had 2.6 million viewers. As a result, Boyan knew he had more work to do to improve his idea. But within 6 months he left university and started his project to Clean up the Ocean

Generous Sponsorship

Four years later he is CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup. He 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. They 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”. But,sea life can pass safely through a gap under a short screen.

Supportive Colleagues

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

Boyan is obviously an environmentalist, who wants to help clean up the plastic rubbish in the ocean.  So, we’re very lucky he saw the mess there when he was just 16. He clearly cares for the planet he lives on, as do all his colleagues who are working with him. He and his supportive colleagues have been testing his idea for years and will make it as safe as can be.

Young Enthusiastic People

I have great faith in these young enthusiastic people. They’re willing to put time and energy into making our world a safer place for human and sea life. Boyan and his team are making a huge effort to do something and thankfully many believe in them. I say, good for them!

Knowing What Can Be Done

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 they now know I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job. The ocean will be swept clean, and kept clean.

I believe they’ll continue to work hard and find a better way to live with natural resources. Because 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.