Pollution is a grave problem our planet has to deal with. Not only the air and the earth are polluted, but the waters of the planet as well. Millions of tons of plastic garbage circle in the oceans, carried by the currents. Cleaning this plastic from the water might seem impossible. However, a 20 year old inventor from the Netherlands came up with a self-cleaning plan to get rid of the plastic floating in the oceans.
Boyan Slat came up with a plan that would ultimately make the ocean clean itself. His aim is to actually use the rotating currents of the waters, the very ones that make collecting the plastic from the ocean a chore. Slat wishes to set enormous floating barriers in these locations and let the plastic flow naturally into them. In order to protect the marine life, the barriers would not be nets, but rather “V-shaped buffers anchored by floating booms.” The current will flow underneath these buffers and the animals will be carried safely past the barriers.
Boyan Slat’s nonprofit organization, the Ocean Cleanup, wishes to start using this system in 2016. The barriers will first be placed near the Japanese island of Tsushima. The apparatus that will catch the plastic will be 6.500 feet wide, the largest floating object ever place in the ocean. If all goes according to plan, many such apparatuses will be placed all over the world.
Until the time will come to put his plan into motion, Boyan Slat is not sitting idle. In August he will be sending 50 vessels to the area between Hawaii and California to create the first high resolution map of floating plastic located in the Pacific. His team is made of 100 oceanographers, naval engineers, translators, designers, etc. Key political figures such as the mayor of Tsushima and the mayor of Los Angeles support Slat in his projects.
Do you think Boyan Slat’s self-cleaning plan will have success?
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