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How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft

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18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; "why can't we clean this up?" While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012. Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently gives lead to a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup. The progress of The Ocean Cleanup can be followed through www.theoceancleanup.com, www.facebook.com/TheOceanCleanup, as well as www.twitter.com/TheOceanCleanup. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Reneo Hock (2 часа назад)
че за даун
Enough Enough (19 часов назад)
He is inspiring! We live in a world today, where the smart money doesn't care about environmental issues, unless we give them a reason. and that's an economic reason; money talks
iamcnp (10 дней назад)
"only if we realize that change is more important than money, money will come" this is true in every business, money chases value and not the other way around.
Hafez Saleh (13 дней назад)
why we want to clean the ocean when we are still using and throwing plastic in the ocean
lasergays (15 дней назад)
Best TED talk ever....
gabija gorobeca (1 месяц назад)
Great job, awesome thoughts! Boyan Slat, have your plans about those platforms became a reality or remained just in beautiful fantasies?
Bryan Gaona (1 месяц назад)
Future Meadows (1 месяц назад)
Great speech
Nameless Ghost (1 месяц назад)
The best solution is to stop breeding so much. Less people = less problems. Not having kids at all is good for the planet but you will be more lonely and there's nobody to continue your heritage. One child is okay as long as he doesn't die before you, because if he dies - you don't have another one. Having two children is the ideal number. This way two children are replacing two parents and the population won't grow. The population will slowly be reduced because some of them will die before having their own children. But 3 or more children is a problem for you and the planet. The population will grow because 3 children are replacing 2 parents and the majority of them won't die so soon. Also, kids cost money.
criskeller (2 месяца назад)
Brilliant!!! Absolutely brilliant!!!!
Eňa (2 месяца назад)
Some 4 years ago, I have watched this video. And today, I have just read, that the government actually did it and in a year - there will be 60 devices in Pacific. So happy about it!!
Annette Beaulieu (2 месяца назад)
Inspiring! We will have clean oceans again!
MsDestructiveDrunker (2 месяца назад)
Am curious - how the manta design finally evolved to the final version launched this month... Amazing dedication though from 2012 (or even earlier) to 2018
luke whiting (2 месяца назад)
No offense dude but did you rehearse!?!??!
Trax n Trex (2 месяца назад)
What a Legend! We need more Boyan Slats! Tough crowd though?!
aaro 345 (2 месяца назад)
I think this is good example of populism🤔 its not that simple guys... and there is another tedtalk where the guy says that every minute a truck load of plastic gets thrown in to oceans. sooooo even this in the place the ammount of ocean plastic would still grow🤔
Lanka Siriwardana (3 месяца назад)
Only if we realize change is more important than money, money will come." Splendid!
Cheryl Hoech (3 месяца назад)
Excited to hear that only 6 years later, the system has been deployed. Praying the collection of plastic goes well. I thought this. Boyan did it! .
Ben Lg (3 месяца назад)
An now the first prototype is sailing away. Good job Boyan Slat!
Jessica L (3 месяца назад)
Carolina Bock (3 месяца назад)
OH MY FREAKING GOD, WHY AM I JUST HEARING ABOUT THIS? IT’S FREAKING GENIUS! I’m so excited about this project! We need to be more proactive!
project 2501 (3 месяца назад)
at least we know he's not a comedian
Nikki A (3 месяца назад)
Watched the live launch today- been following his project since the beginning- congratulations!!! Have high hopes!!
Immortal Love (3 месяца назад)
Fantastic young man!
Janessa Lewis (3 месяца назад)
I am so proud of him and will seek to support his efforts in any way that I can!
ashutosh sarda (3 месяца назад)
Please make this happen!!!!
rory mcpherson (4 месяца назад)
what about shipping boats in n out shipping coming n going how do they clear the booms. ??? cannot go over them the propellers would get caught in the booms. ??? the young guys was obviously very nervous.. but did great job.. good for him.. but like someone to explain about effects to shipping lanes ???
Shuai Ge (4 месяца назад)
Great journey from this time to know? The ocean clean up ready to launch full scale. So looking forward in one year time to see the progress, the errors, the improvement... and things keep moving forward :)
privilitaliano (5 месяцев назад)
Speriamo non sia una "Boyata!"
Itzyagirl Pep (5 месяцев назад)
It's is nice to know that people care about this
MrsElv5 (5 месяцев назад)
I truly admire Boyan's work and I absolutely can relate to his vision. I feel the need and I wanna say thank you!!! And also, I have a question, what people do with the plastic they draw out of the ocean? How you know that this plastic won't get in the ocean again?
Karim Tutu (5 месяцев назад)
Boylan Slat is the perfect example of hope for the planet and his generation. Bravo young man, so proud to know your generation is stepping up to challenge conventional thinking.
Leonard Mehlmauer (5 месяцев назад)
There are solutions (like this one) to all human problems. One such solution is stopping the cause. Another is eliminating the laws, rules, and regulations that prevent us from doing the solutions. Yet another is purging or otherwise holding responsible the unfeeling characters in government and Big Corporate that facilitate these problems. Ultimately, it all starts right at home with "us".
Rob Reiken (5 месяцев назад)
Why do I never hear / see any one say lets replace plastic bags with Cannabis Hemp bags the organic biodegradable clean alternative? We can't clean up this big global filth until we get rid of the globalists from power who control & corrupt the governments who premeditadely only ever use the worst possible toxic , deadly  resources. Our greatest threat to existence GeoEngineering  toxic Aerosol spraying of 100 million tons a year destroying the O Zone Layer now only 20% of it is left to the countdown of it's/our demise 2025 will result in global crop failure. So many elephants in the room that most fail to put the bigger picture together.
kanno futoshi (5 месяцев назад)
Philip Dawes (5 месяцев назад)
A brilliant concept by Boyan Slat. It is well worth funding. All western governments should put money into the project instead spending money to bomb Syria and other countries.
Fire Nation Files (5 месяцев назад)
👏👏👏 Sorry, got no words. It's _that_ good.
hewhoadds (5 месяцев назад)
zooplankton can survive 50Gs and here we are humans traumatized by 10Gs what nerds
Karel (6 месяцев назад)
"...take all the plastic *UIT* ..."
V E (6 месяцев назад)
LOL Waves are pretty big little boy dreamer.
appolinarie (7 месяцев назад)
Thanks a million for the subs!
Lisa Caldwell (7 месяцев назад)
And now it is about to be a reality!! So many people have been cheering you on and we are so proud of you!
Todd Starbuck (7 месяцев назад)
I get my biscuits from the oven, or at a restaurant. The idea of biscuits in a box is revolting. How do you keep it moist and fluffy?
HooVerb (7 месяцев назад)
ted talks stopped being relevant about 7 years ago
Cazem (7 месяцев назад)
Joe Rogan brought me here.
Colin Freakwave (8 месяцев назад)
The world needs more people like this lad. He's 23 now, of course...
Simran Joharle (8 месяцев назад)
So inspiring.....I will do all it takes to help your project!
ROSITA PASCUAL (8 месяцев назад)
Your parents and teachers must be so proud of you.. I am a Teacher and I feel so proud that young people like yourself can be so passionate about solving this problem. I wish I would get that honor of inspiring my students to care and advocate for earth's present and future. We are supporting you however we can...
danielofantioch (8 месяцев назад)
Its been 6 years since everyone laughed and said this could not be done... Just google this kid now; his plan is happening and is working.
mie chan (8 месяцев назад)
Mery Laura Vaca Torres (8 месяцев назад)
evidence that can prove that we should prevent plastic pollution instead of cleaning the GPGP 1 The huge size of the GPGP is going to afect how long it is to clean it. 2 If we prevent it our enviorment is going to be different that mean to not use more plastic 3 By tring to clean it the animals that are in there would die.
e1234 (8 месяцев назад)
See Millennial idealism cannot and should not be wasted. Once they get out of their parents' basement, they can actually accomplish great things like Boyan. Can he execute? He must be surrounded by Silicon valley trolls by now--telling to do things lean, lean this, lean that, lean, lean...
Vijayan Aranmula (8 месяцев назад)
This young man is a silver ray of hope in darkness of Waste plastic havoc.
Ankita Aranake (8 месяцев назад)
Absolutely loved it!!
VlaD (8 месяцев назад)
We need to do something different👍😎
the strider (9 месяцев назад)
Jordan Peterson brought me here.
Ogechi Dan-Okereke (9 месяцев назад)
This guy is very brilliant.
Surmana Eidor (9 месяцев назад)
He appeared in my English book...
Kyle Jones (10 месяцев назад)
Holy basil is kid is incredible!!! Where do I sign up to get him an award?
Flower Bloom Hope (10 месяцев назад)
That was a fantastic talk! Brilliant way of helping out our community
Ko Br (10 месяцев назад)
Plastic production is the biggest logical fallacy EVER! Where's the math in it? It will be here to contaminate the environment for eons. Every sector of the chain involved is poisoning THEIR OWN children (and yours too): the banking lobby that invests in it, the factory workers, the factories executives - EVERYONE. It was obvious in the sixties where this was going to. The consumers are not responsible as the majority of the world population is not aware enough of this problem, but the industries are responsible. Stop the plastic production - you're poisoning your own grand grand grand children. Recycling doesn't solve anything.
Boka Bo (10 месяцев назад)
Bravo decko, nadam se da ce nas biti sve vise i vise koji cemo postati svesni ozbiljnosti ovog problema! ban plastics!
Caroline Letchford (10 месяцев назад)
We all need to help our Boyan Slat help our oceans by reducing the plastics we use. Take your own reusable shopping bags, say no to coffee cup lids, take your own glass water bottles, buy items in bulk. What else can you do? There's no better time to start than now.
Zacharias Avery (10 месяцев назад)
How about Biodiversity and the plastic disease on all Marine species? I think it is important to collect plastic but more important to find out another material much harmless than plastic The Future of the biodiversity survival is more precious than money, even if it comes from recycling.
Suryabh Singh (10 месяцев назад)
Luisella Giraudi (10 месяцев назад)
i ve pull off the plastic of the Tartaruge in Maldive.
Mery Rodriguez (10 месяцев назад)
Exelent speech, very young talented ,very inspiring.
Good Vibe (10 месяцев назад)
I LOVE THIS KID!!!!! love him. Why do horrible self and hate centered music videos get billions of views and this one a mere million. This should be shown to the WORLD. He is amazing. Where do I send the check?
Lukas Hendrickson (11 месяцев назад)
teresa eliat-eliat (11 месяцев назад)
Boyan, you're great! Go on like that!!!! ;)
Ralph Garrett (11 месяцев назад)
You have a blessed video!!!
Albino Saschoopasquatch (1 год назад)
They weren't watching Bill Nye The Science Guy in science class, that's for sure.
あ あ (1 год назад)
A wonderful idea .I also wanted to cooperate
Nadene Allan (1 год назад)
@2.39 !!!! ♥♥♥
Vita Martynyuk (1 год назад)
Wow, this sounds brilliant. But what are we to do with the 7.25 million tons of plastic after retracting it from the oceans?
Luis Carlos Davila (1 год назад)
This is absolutely fantastic.
Blaze It (1 год назад)
You can HEAR the spit in his mouth
maris (1 год назад)
Deze jongen is zo intelligent en toegewijd. Voor mij de meest inspirerende persoon op dit moment
Poison Cloud (1 год назад)
Lua e Aecio na cadeia.
DavesWorld (1 год назад)
Nobody is going to clean the oceans because the powerful people want a dystopian future for all but themselves.
Harm Hoeks (1 год назад)
They released their 'Big Prototype' in the North Sea last month!
Mat Devis (1 год назад)
At which point is his project ? Still in progress ? Available ? Somebody knows ?
Abiyoso Purnomosakti (1 год назад)
His accent thou.. wicked.
Donny Harris (1 год назад)
white man just need to stop going to ocean and littering
AKNetworkEdit (1 год назад)
This guy is gonna be president or something. Some form of world leader.
Paula Byles (1 год назад)
All the greatest innovations came from times of crisis and through problem solving - cure for Cholera, etc. Imagine what humans could achieve if we all used our creativity like this, instead of for inventing more stuff that nobody needs. I have just moved to Borneo, and I am shocked by the amount of plastic they use everyday.
Ko Br (1 год назад)
The plastic companies are poisoning your children. Plastic can only be recycled up to 9 times. This campaign also has 0 effect unless the plastic factories cease the production. This plastics that he will collect (and not the big chunks but the small ones are problem) will get recycled (poisoning the waters and the air in the process) and aferwards will be disposed in the oceans or the landfills poisoning everything again. Stupid campaign - waste of money and energy.
grrr 。 (1 год назад)
RJ Thomas (1 год назад)
In his most recent Patreon Q&A, Prof Jordan Peterson recommended supporting Boyan Slat. Ironically it seems another "white male" is saving a world that may not want to be saved.
dixie dragon (1 год назад)
I watch this once a month to remind myself that all hope is not lost, that a younger generation CAN and may very well accomplish a fix (and hopefully a prevention) for what MY generation created and has consistently ignored - heads in the sand, let someone else deal with it, if I don't acknowledge it maybe it will go away - and his analysis of no risk, no gain is dead on the money. During the Industrial Revolution we kicked ass because we were fearless - Tesla, Bell, Edison - they weren't afraid of failure, they weren't petrified to accrue losses for their "corporations" and "boards of directors" they were creators, inventors, imaginaries. They were AWESOME. The Boyan Slats of the world, the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 THEY will change the world - they have that same fearless direction of old and are not afraid to use modern tools, media, crowd funding, free research tools to accomplish what they desire without dragging corporate profits and losses into the picture. It would not surprise me if some of these corporations tried to stop these bright young minds, threw up road blocks to their progress - can you imagine the losses to shipping companies if they were required to PAY for the damage they do to the environment? We don't think "plastic" when we think ocean pollution even though plastic is an oil by product... we all think Exxon Valdez because the graphic images of the wildlife death and cleanup haunts us but Valdez' 11 million gallon tea cup doesn't even make the top TWENTY list, Kuwait over 300 million gallons, Amoco Cadiz France 70 M, Campeche Bay Mexico - Ixtoc 140 M, ABT Angola and Nowruz Persian Gulf 80 M. Don't even get me started on BP's Deepwater Horizon 134 million gallon spill and their 2 million gallon PURE POISON Corexit cover up. I wouldn't buy from BP if it meant me walking, bicycling or freezing to death... and it happened right under our noses hiding in plain sight wreaking environment havoc for centuries to come and because the media (thank you Obama) and the PUBLIC has largely ignored it COREXIT will be the go to cure for the NEXT oil spill - we are DETERMINED to kill our oceans, our wildlife and our people. BP killed beautiful dolphins in droves "From 2002 to 2009, the Gulf averaged 63 dolphin deaths a year. That rose to 125 in the seven months after the spill in 2010 and 335 in all of 2011, averaging more than 200 a year since April 2010." WANT TO KNOW MORE about BP's coverup? http://grist.org/business-technology/what-bp-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-the-2010-gulf-of-mexico-spill/ I am a Gulf Coast native and I will be enraged over this on my death bed. Anyway Boyan, sweetie, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR. I hope I live long enough to see your first take from the Great Pacific Gyre.
The Quark (1 год назад)
Sadly he joined bilderberg group.
Kinelosan (1 год назад)
Okay, this plastic will be collected, but not all of it can be recycled, and even the one that will be, can be thrown away again
Eef Wouters (1 год назад)
Even if there is not yet full proof of the result, even if the plan overall is not yet perfect, let the guys start (as they will!!) and learn along the way. And another reason: there's nothing wrong with believing! Let's start, 'today'!! 👍
gabe603254 (1 год назад)
Caleb loves .......
gabe603254 (1 год назад)
Pickles peanut butter jelly time Maddox loves ....
Swapnil Bhadade (1 год назад)
MISTERAMD (1 год назад)
If you think a little further, they will need to attach a filter for fish as well. Fish will easily be caught in the "current" system. Than you'll have a container full of plastic AND fish. Fish that can be healthy or can even be "sick" because there is plastic in the fish stomach. Offcourse, you can separate the sick fish that ate plastic, but you can't separate too much or you are decreasing the entire fish population. This will cause that there ain't any fish in the sea, which will cause that sharks and other related animals that eat fish, will starve to death, with as result, that humans won't eat fish anymore. I'm sure this great talker has forseen such issues and has offered a solution. Because, cleaning the ocean from "only" plastic particles, is kinda impossible, as you will always have non plastic particles in your "fishnet". Only time will tell if they have though about this. Anyway, enough talk, lets get a +1 vote on this old video, as I really want to see how this project will solve the plastic in the ocean problem.
sonoki82 (1 год назад)
It's amazing how far this project has come. He has a small army of people working on this. They have done thorough research of the Pacific gyre, including aerial surveillance. They have engineered and built a boom collector system to clean it up and they are going to deploy in the next year.
Torpedo (1 год назад)
Yes! Where can I donate for this project?
GrumblingBelly (1 год назад)
mourningwarbler (1 год назад)
I was taught to never litter. "Every litter bit hurts." Why not promote that some more? CO2 is food for green plants, but nobody is making enough noise about the real problems: plastic, prescription medications, chemicals of other sorts, etc....
Asha Sanda (1 год назад)
i like your thoughts .best of luck

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