20-Year-Old Invents World's First Ocean's Cleaning System

20-Year-Old Invents World's First Ocean's Cleaning System
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It's not a new fact that our environment has been facing degradation in cleanliness and quality for several years now. And over the years, many steps have been taken in ensuring that the damage could be reduced, but as it appears, the rate of damage continues to be higher than the rate of damage control. And so, in order to contribute to the immense cause of saving the environment, a 20-year-old has come up with an innovative strategy! Check it out!

We hope the ocean system will be implemented soon.

We hope the ocean system will be implemented soon.

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Meet the man of the hour: Boyan Slat

Meet the man of the hour: Boyan Slat
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This guy is barely out of his teens, and he's already doing things that so many of us should also be doing!

But, how many of us have thought of being able to do something to stop this? Well, Slat thinks he has an idea!

But, how many of us have thought of being able to do something to stop this? Well, Slat thinks he has an idea!
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We all know that our oceans have been littered over the years. In fact, 5 trillion pieces of plastic are approximated to be in the sea right now!

We all know that our oceans have been littered over the years. In fact, 5 trillion pieces of plastic are approximated to be in the sea right now!
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This is how the structure is supposed to be like.

This is how the structure is supposed to be like.
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The structure will consist of long floating barriers that snag plastic using the natural movement of the current.

The structure will consist of long floating barriers that snag plastic using the natural movement of the current.
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It will not even obstruct marine life in its venture!

It will not even obstruct marine life in its venture!
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The currents will be allowed to move freely beneath it, and so sea life will not be affected. All that's gonna see its effects are the light-weight plastics that float around in the immense oceans!

The currents will be allowed to move freely beneath it, and so sea life will not be affected. All that's gonna see its effects are the light-weight plastics that float around in the immense oceans!
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It's the first of its kind.

It's the first of its kind.
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And, it is also the longest floating structure in the ocean: 6561 feet long!

And, it is also the longest floating structure in the ocean: 6561 feet long!
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And here's the plan!

And here's the plan!
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As of now, the plan is to deploy the contraption off the coast of Japan, and let it be there for the next two years!

As of now, the plan is to deploy the contraption off the coast of Japan, and let it be there for the next two years!
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And what does Slat have to say about all this?

And what does Slat have to say about all this?
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In Slat's own words,

In Slat's own words,
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Although, the great plan is to take shape in next year, there's a Mega Expedition that is to take place this August.

Although, the great plan is to take shape in next year, there's a Mega Expedition that is to take place this August.
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50 vessels will help create a high-resolution map of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which Slat says "will collect more plastic measurements in three weeks than have been collected in the past 40 years combined."