Teen world ocean cleanup started, even though there was a lot of skepticism.
And now the cleanup is underway under the direction of Boyan Slat has started.
The 23-year-old finally realized his dream.
His dream is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
His giant plastic catcher has reached its destination in the Pacific Ocean.
Slat has had this dream since he was 16 years old.
Slat’s machinery is System 001.
It is a floating barrier almost 2,000 feet long.
From its San Francisco base it made 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.
Teen World Ocean Cleanup Started
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.
And he 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.
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.
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Ridding the oceans of plastic needs to be priority One.