Twenty-Year-Old Boyan Slat Has a Genius Plan for Cleaning Our Oceans!
Could A 62-Mile Floating Wall Clean Up the Ocean? via CITYLAB
Three years ago, Boyan Slat was a precocious 18-year-old on a TEDx stage in the Netherlands, eloquently introducing people to his radical idea to clean up the ocean. He would build a network of floating walls that would work with the oceans’ currents to catch the millions—maybe even trillions—of tons of plastic waste. The motion of the ocean would essentially make it self-cleaning….
The organization recently completed a month-long “mega expedition” studying the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and hopes to pilot testing a one-mile barrier off the coast of Japan next year. The 62-mile wall could potentially clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.
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