Boyan Slat, a 23-year-old Dutch entrepreneur and inventor, started taking on prominent engineering projects when he was just a young boy. Inspired by the science, ‘boy genius’ first impressed the world at the age of 14 when he simultaneously launched 213 water rockets and secured a Guinness World Record.
At the age of 18, Boyan made it on the stage of a TEDx Talk conference and fearlessly provided his opinion on the topic of cleaning up the oceans. He also laid out his idea and plan for eliminating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive growing blotch of garbage that is drawn together by the water currents.
He was first inspired by the need for change back in 2011 when he was diving in Greece. To his surprise, there was more trash inside the water than fish.
Devoted to his goal of cleaning up the ocean, Boyan dropped his studies and founded The Ocean Cleanup in 2013.
After testing his system in Japan, he soon focused on tackling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the ocean blotch that everyone dreads.
The Ocean Cleanup raised more than $2.2 million, allowing the institution to launch massive research in 2014. Thanks to the trash they gathered, they were able to study the data and optimize their solution accordingly.
With a goal of cleaning up the patch in merely five years, the 23-year-old Boyan and his organization are now getting ready to launch a full-scale deployment in 2020.
Are you excited to see work being done in the area of protecting the environment and, consecutively, securing our future? You can help by making a donation at The Ocean Cleanup website or by sharing this post with your friends and family to raise the awareness!
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