Isn’t this just the most iconic picture ever??
I recently came across something that should be very exciting for those in the field of marine conservation. For those whose heads are not constantly buried inside a computer or television screen, the growth of pollution in our oceans might have been – at the very least – a passing concern.
Thousands of people across the globe have dedicated their lives to trying to find a solution for this growing problem, before it becomes or leads to a world-wide pandemic. However, the amount of – mainly – plastic garbage that has filled up our oceans seemed too large a problem to realistically tackle. For one thing, our oceans cover more than 70% of the planet’s surface and less than 5% has even been explored, meaning it’s never even been SEEN by humans.
For another thing, the oceans are the ultimate embodiment of Mother Nature as we think of her and her immense power, driving the weather, regulating the temperatures and ultimately support all living things.
That being said, a 19-year-old entrepreneur has come up with a real-life working solution that could not only clean up our oceans, but do it in only 5-years!
Boyan Slat says he can remove almost 20 billion tons of waste from the oceans, using his ocean cleanup array made from a series of floating booms and processing platforms. What this thing does, is that it gradually sucks up the garbage like a funnel, separates the natural life from the garbage. Slat came up with the idea while he was in school and wrote a paper on it. This paper caught the attention of many marine experts and has won a number of prizes in the design, technology and innovation realms.
He has since created a non-profit organisation called The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, whose focus will be to develop the invention and make it operational as soon as possible. The foundation is currently about 25% through with it’s feasibility study but the results are looking good so far and the results of the study will be released in the coming few months.
The best thing about this new invention? It operates by the power of the sun and the oceans themselves! So from where I’m sitting, the possibilities are endless.
Visit his website and find out more about this revolutionary project which could change everything: http://www.boyanslat.com/plastic/
Some interesting marine facts:
An estimated 50 – 80% of all life on Earth is under the ocean surface.
The oceans have 99% of the living space on the planet.
The top 10 feet of the ocean hold as much heat at the entire atmosphere.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth and can be seen from space.
Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein.
More than 90% of the trade between countries is by ship and about 50% of communications between nations use underwater cables.
Life began in the oceans 3.1 billion to 3.4 billion years ago.