How Boyan Slat and His Ocean CleanUp Will Save Our Oceans


Boyan Slat is Cleaning Up Our Oceans...No Kidding

I just saw the below video on LinkedIn from one of my contacts Robert Green (how apropos) and got chills and frankly, I actually got a little choked up. Now my girls will tell you that I get choked up a lot lately and what can I say, I am a 48 year old woman with hot flashes and hormones raging like a teenager (but going in the reverse direction) but this is huge and worth the happy tears.

It seems that a 21 year old man named Boyan Slat has come up with part of the solution to clean up our oceans that is truly incredible. Actually he came up with the idea when he was just 19 and founded the non-profit, The Ocean CleanUp, when he was which has already raised over $2 million.




8 Million Tons of Plastic Each Year

Each year, 8 million tons of plastic find their way into our oceans. We, as consumers and businesses, can do our part to go reusable as much as possible, recycle and never litter but it is simply not enough. This trash in our oceans is always in the back of my mind and breaks my heart for not only our generation but for future generations as well.

Enter Boyan Slat and his non-profit The Ocean CleanUp. Starting in 2020 floating barriers, with nets beneath, will be placed along currents where trash collects. The nets funnel the garbage to a collection point where it will be removed and recycled.

Slat says his plan, which has raised $2.2 million so far, could clean the Pacific Ocean garbage patch in just 20 years.

Bravo Boyan and thank you.


7 comments:

  1. We need more Boyan Slats in this world! People who are committed to leaving a better Earth for today's and the next generation.

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    1. Sean, I couldn't agree more. We need to nurture kids who think outside of the box because they are truly our future. Heck, we need to support adults who think outside of the box. These are the folks who will come up with the innovative ideas to make tomorrow a possibility. Thanks so much for topping by.

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  2. We could use some help in St. Lucie with the toxic algae. I wonder if they can use this new technology.

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    1. Mr. Bill, I think someone should certainly contact them via the link in the article. You never know. :)

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  3. Plastics and waste materials have been discarded into the oceans for many years. It poses a threat to the animals that depend on the oceans for food.Boyan Slat has come up with a great idea to clean up the trash in the ocean. It's a great idea to be implemented soon.

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  4. I wanted to let you know that I am a huge fan of your blog and you are listed on my site as one of the best 100 Eco-Friendly Blogs. I would be honored if you could share the post with your readers and fans. http://healthymomsmagazine.net/2016/09/100-top-eco-friendly-blogs.html

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  5. Thanks you very much Boyan Slat, for your kindness and your brilliant idea to save our oceans! I’m a huge fan of you and your awesome blog. You are loved and appreciated so much by so many. Keep going, hugs!!

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