We are taking back the world and making it clean. Whoever dirtied it to begin with is probably also helping because with a movement these grand chances are the whole world is going to catch the wave of change.
The Mind Unleashed has reported on a 2016 plan to clean up the oceans, all oceans everywhere, of plastic. Synthetic debris (aka plastic, weighing in at 269,000 tons, estimates say that is 5.25 trillion plastic pieces) is one of the top three reasons to support the fact that we are slowly killing the planet we call home.
- As ironic and counterproductive as that deed should have sounded back before the pollution began, it is time to look forward to global change and on a large scale too.
- Any debilitating change to the oceans means a change in climate and increase in natural disaster rates. This certainly affects us but not before a good number of sea life is drastically hurt in the process. 1,000,000 marine mammals, including a solid 100,000 sea turtles, are being affected by plastic; not to mention plant life under the waters that will sooner or later be subject to the taint of plastic.
- If these species go extinct, and they will at the current pollution rate, whole ecosystems that depend on them can blip out and thereby result in a wave of negative natural change.
- A few years ago an ingenious teenager designed an ocean cleanup array. From 19 to his current 21 years of age, Boyan Slat stands proudly at the helm of his own company. The Dutch-registered nonprofit organization called The Ocean Cleanup has announced their plans for 2016.
- It will begin off the coast of Tsushima, an island between South Korea and Japan, where one of the biggest ocean plastic dumps have been found.
- Slat’s system is a floatation structure of 2000 meters (the longest in history) and it will literally sweep the ocean clean of plastic.
- Estimated to operate for 2 years from start-date, this anchored interlinked network of floating barriers is going to rely on the ocean’s own currents to help fuel its movements and collect all synthetic debris on the surface.
- Once collected, a processing system is waiting to recycle all that harmful waste safely.
- 5 years from then The Ocean Cleanup plans to use a 100-kilometer long system after the same design and introduce it to the waters between Hawaii and California.
Boyan Slat himself said it best: “Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges humankind 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 is the plan set in concrete and ready to go. How are they certain it will work? Detailed computer modeling has shown ample proof of success. What Mr. Slat has dubbed the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is being cleaned up one-way or other. In less than 10 years, history is going to be made as plastics accumulated for decades longer are going to finally be taken out, making the Earth a safer more livable planet for us and the generations to come.