An Ocean That Cleans Itself: One 20 Year Old Raises $2 Million to Make It a Reality
Boyan Slat may only be 20 years old, but his plan to have the ocean literally “clean itself” has already raised $2 million and generated support around the globe.
In an impressive and thoughtful TedX Talk, Slat outlines his audacious idea for removing much of the 8 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every year. This plastic goes on to destroy marine life and affects the global economy and public health.
Slant’s idea is to construct giant, floating barriers and then place them strategically in parts of the ocean where currents converge.
These areas, known as gyres, are scattered across the globe, and five of them are located in spots where a large percentage of these 8 millions tons of plastic finds itself.
As the currents converge at these gyres in a rotating manner, the plastic waste would accumulate within these barriers, causing the ocean to essentially roundup all that garbage without any help from machines or humans.
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