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Ocean Cleanup becomes a reality: tonnes of plastic will be removed from world’s oceans

Dopo anni di progettazione, di presentazioni e di premi, l’idea di Boyan Slat diventa realtà in Giappone. Ecco cosa significa avere 20 anni e un sogno.

Boyan Slat and the major of Tsushima Island, Japan, signed the agreement to realise the pilot project Ocean Cleanup Array, the first floating barrier able to collect ocean plastic.

 

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The simple yet brilliant idea comes from the twenty-year-old Boyan Slat, who thought to take advantage of natural oceanic currents to collect plastic waste thanks to a structure consisting of an anchored network of floating booms of 2,000 metres in length, making it the longest floating structure in world history.

 

The structure will be tested for 2 years and it will become an open air laboratory in order to reduce pollution on the island. In fact, each citizen produces about 1 cubic metre of plastic per year.

 

Boyan Slat and Tsushima Island’s mayor sign Mutual Agreement for the coastal pilot.

Posted by The Ocean Cleanup on Giovedì 28 maggio 2015

 

“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time,” said Slat.


Boyan’s goal is to eventually build a 100km floating array that could collect nearly the half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the huge floating garbage “island” between Hawaii and California.

 

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Young people like Boyan are those who will save humanity from disasters. We only need to place our trust in them and provide them with the tools necessary to act where we failed.

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