Eight million tons of floating plastic debris enter the ocean from land every year. This trash is extremely harmful to marine animals: larger creatures get hopelessly tangled in abandoned fishing gear while smaller animals mistakenly eat pieces of plastic. And the situation is not getting better. But, the 21-year-old Dutch inventor and aerospace engineering student Boyan Slat seems to have found a solution.
He and his team have designed a technology that could potentially clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. We all sincerely hope that Boyan will succeed in making the world a little tidier.
This year, Boyan’s organization,The Ocean Cleanup hopes to pilot test a one-mile barrier in waters between Japan and South Korea, near the island group of Tsushima. It is one of the most polluted areas in the world.
The brilliance of this concept lies in the fact that a network of floating walls would work with the oceans’ currents, making the whole system self-sufficient. Inflatable barriers won’t harm marine life that can safely swim underneath them, and will catch the debris floating on the water surface. A similar amount of trash would have taken humanity about 70,000 years to clean up using boats!
The plan for the next 5 years is to hold a series of trial runs, and then, all being well, the 62-mile Great Pacific Cleanup will launch in 2020.
The Ocean Clean Up- The Beginning.
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