Boyan Slat says, ”Yes, we can!”
Who is Boyan Slat?
Boyan Slat is 21 years old. He lives in the Netherlands.
Boyan started thinking about how to clean up the ocean when he was 16 years old. His family was on vacation near Greece. He liked to swim in the Mediterranean Sea.
He noticed a problem in the water
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- Watch the project grow on this video, Ocean Cleanup – The Beginning
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There was a lot of plastic garbage floating in the water. He asked, “Why don’t we clean this up?” He started to study the problem. He found out it was a big problem in all the seas and oceans.
Why is plastic a problem?
People throw eight million metric tons of plastic garbage into the ocean every year. Plastic lasts forever. It causes many problems. Fish, mammals and birds eat the plastic. Eating the plastic can cause diseases and death.
What is Boyan doing about it?
Boyan is still worried about pollution in the oceans of the world. He wants to remove trillions of pieces of plastic garbage from the ocean. In 2013, he started a company called The Ocean Cleanup.
The Ocean Cleanup is a big company. It has many staff and thousands of supporters from many countries.
What is Boyan’s company doing to help?
The Ocean Cleanup is putting a 100-metre long barrier in the ocean near the Netherlands. This is the biggest clean up project ever tried.
Water can go though the barrier, but plastic cannot. The plastic is collected from the ocean. The plastic can be recycled.
Next year, Ocean Cleanup will put a barrier off the coast of Japan. It will be longer than 100 metres.