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.
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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🤔
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 ???
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 :)
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?
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".
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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'!! 👍
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.
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.
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....
Single use plastic and any plastic that have a use-life of less then a year, production should be banned. This is a great effort but we need to prevent the issue from occurring in the first place. Most of it is due us the consumers habits, followed by co-operations that only prioritise profits before a clean habitable environment for the future. It's like we are sinking in quick sand and don't care.
Wow. That was extremely heartfelt and I admire you for having the courage and brains to do this. This was a great thing to do and I follow your path. I am also an environmentalist with a website promoting this - www.changemyworld.today - check it out!
I think its an extremely good idea because it saves energy and it will clean up the oceans. By cleaning the oceans we will make the water cleaner and safer for for the organisms. Also by putting it in the main ocean currents is very smart because we wont have to build a a lot of these machines only a couple. I think this is very smart and we should peruse this idea.
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