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18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?”
While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up.
This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012.
Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently gives lead to a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.
The progress of The Ocean Cleanup can be followed through www.theoceancleanup.com, www. FACEBOOK /TheOceanCleanup, as well as www.#/TheOceanCleanup.
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21 thoughts on “Ocean Pollution Spoken Word Poem”
Did you guys write this? It's so beautiful!!
Thanks a million for the subs!
the term 'financially' keeps coming up: we have to abolish the money system, the root of all 'stuff over manufacturing'.
I get my biscuits from the oven, or at a restaurant. The idea of biscuits in a box is revolting. How do you keep it moist and fluffy?
ted talks stopped being relevant about 7 years ago
Joe Rogan brought me here.
The world needs more people like this lad. He's 23 now, of course…
The older generations cause the problem, and then don't want to take responsibility in helping to clean it up. Thank goodness for the new generations that actually care more about the planet then themselves and are taking action in making a real change!!
So inspiring…..I will do all it takes to help your project!
Your parents and teachers must be so proud of you.. I am a Teacher and I feel so proud that young people like yourself can be so passionate about solving this problem. I wish I would get that honor of inspiring my students to care and advocate for earth's present and future. We are supporting you however we can…
Its been 6 years since everyone laughed and said this could not be done… Just google this kid now; his plan is happening and is working.
evidence that can prove that we should prevent plastic pollution instead of cleaning the GPGP
1 The huge size of the GPGP is going to afect how long it is to clean it.
2 If we prevent it our enviorment is going to be different that mean to not use more plastic
3 By tring to clean it the animals that are in there would die.
See Millennial idealism cannot and should not be wasted. Once they get out of their parents' basement, they can actually accomplish great things like Boyan. Can he execute? He must be surrounded by Silicon valley trolls by now–telling to do things lean, lean this, lean that, lean, lean…
This young man is a silver ray of hope in darkness of Waste plastic havoc.
Absolutely loved it!!
We need to do something different👍😎
Jordan Peterson brought me here.
This guy is very brilliant.
What about other marine life getting caught in the middle of all this? Just like other man made inventions like the fishing net? How will you not harm other marine life without actual manpower?