Teen heads world ocean cleanup, despite earlier misgivings by adults.
Boyan Slat has had a dream since he was 16 years old.
Today the 23-year-old has realized his dream.
His dream to rid the world’s oceans of plastic is a reality.
His giant plastic catcher is Pacific ocean bound.
Slat’s machinery is System 001.
It is a floating barrier almost 2,000 feet long.
From its San Francisco base it snakes its way to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of plastic garbage.
It has grown to more than 600,000 square miles.
That is twice the size of Texas.
The hope is that Slat’s machine will reduce the amount of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by half in the year 2025.
“I hope that this will be a turning point for the plastic pollution problem,” Slat tells TIME Magazine.
“For sixty years it has only gotten worse and worse. Now hopefully we’re turning the tide.”
Slat became interested in dealing with the world’s plastic scourge at age 18.
It was on a trip to Greece when he went diving.
Teen Heads World Ocean Cleanup
And saw more plastic than fish.
So the idea of using a floating barrier to collect plastic caught his imagination.
It was then that he formed his company, The Ocean Cleanup.
He was only 18 at that time.
Struck by the idea for a floating barrier that could collect plastic using the power of ocean currents alone, he founded his company, The Ocean Cleanup, aged just 18.
Slat’s vision caught the world’s imagination.
He received millions and millions of dollars in funding, the biggest from the government of the Netherlands.
At this point the world is drowning in plastic.
Read the full story on the giant ocean plastic catcher.
Ridding the oceans of plastic needs to be priority One.
And let us hope that System 001 will make a difference.