An Idea to Clean up our Oceans

Posted by: Myk Likhov

It seems to me that a lot of people have grown up believing that others will solve our problems. And when it came to big problems (or challenges) we tend to think that “government” will step up and make things happen. Perhaps because leaders had vision (and the trust of their citizens), big nations had unrivaled resources, and humans were less interconnected (pre-Internet). Now that those conditions no longer hold, private citizens and organizations are increasingly stepping in to drive change themselves. Whether it is Peter Thiel commercializing space exploration with SpaceX, or Bill and Melinda Gates working to stamp out malaria through the Gates Foundation, it is becoming more apparent that if we want to change the world, it can and needs to be done by us.

To that end, check out this TedX talk by a young Dutch inventor, Boyan Slat, who’s doing his part to improve the planet. He was 19 when he gave this talk about how to clean up the world’s oceans. The problem could be solved in 5 years using his solution. Even if takes 20 years, or the solution needs to be changed, it’s f*ing crazy, and now necessary??, that some Dutch kid is attempting to solve a global problems. Anyways, I checked him out, and he’s hustling to make his project happen (see his Facebook). I hope he gets a shot to implement his plan.

First seen on The Mind Unleashed

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:11 pm and is filed under What I read today.