A teenager's solution for our polluted oceans
Boyan Slat may only be nineteen years-old, but we’re confident that he has a bright future ahead of him. At a 2012 TED talk, the teenager discussed his Marine Litter Extraction Project, a project for which he won Best Technical Design award 2012 at Delft University of Technology. As we all know, the ocean is overrun with plastic. What we may not realize is that plastic never biodegrades. It simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that are then ingested by marine life (among other dire consequences). Slat’s solution proposes ships that are fastened to the ocean floor, connected with giant floating booms that would redirect and collect the debris without harming marine life. The idea still needs testing, but such ingenuity somehow restores a bit of faith.