Heâ€™s ambitious, backed by 100 researchers, environmentalists and communications professionals, and heâ€™s only 19.
Boyan Slat is the president and founder of the Ocean Cleanup and creator of a technology he says can clean half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a decade. He first presented his idea at aÂ TEDx talk in the Netherlands two years ago, and is now preparing to attend theÂ â€œOur Oceanâ€ conference hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Slat said he thought of his plastic-capturing concept years ago while diving in Greece and seeing more plastic bottles than fish. Since then, he has developed a website that includes all of the technologyâ€™s specs, a feasibility study and a campaign to fund it. He says his team has embarked on three gyre expeditions within six months. He shot this video with I Am Eco Warrior to explain his mission and how he hopes to accomplish it with floating barriers.
Slatâ€™s idea hasnâ€™t been received well by all, but he chose to take his critics head-on in a recent response blog post. It serves as a complement to theÂ 530-page reportÂ on feasibility and further explains the idea shouldnâ€™t be written off as a kidâ€™s idea.
â€œThe oceans are the most important life-support systems of our planet,â€ Slat said. â€œIt regulates the climate, it produces oxygen. The vast majority of biodiversity can be found in the ocean.â€