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The Ocean Plastic Cleanup of Boyan Slat by VPRO Backlight Documentary

Geschreven op 9-11-2018 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Afval Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

With the ocean plastic cleanup, Boyan Slat has set up the first and the greatest ocean plastic cleanup campaign in history. And it all started about five years ago, with a graduation project about the plastic soup in the ocean.

Today, Boyan Slat has eighty employees, and he is about to roll out his first Ocean Cleanup system in the Pacific. VPRO Backlight follows Boyan Slat closely on the exciting journey of the ocean plastic cleanup.

Boyan Slat’s fight against the plastic soup. By now, everybody will have seen the images of the plastic soup in the ocean. And everybody agrees that something has to be done. But it is not all that clear how we should tackle the plastic soup problem, or what would work best. Around this time, in the Pacific, between San Francisco and Hawaii, the brainchild of the inventor Boyan Slat is put in place: System 001. This five million dollar and 600-metre long floating colossus is the starting point for the largest ocean plastic cleanup campaign in history. Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old pioneer has worked towards this moment, day and night, for five years on end.

Today, his ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ foundation employs eighty people with only one mission: a plastic-free ocean by the year 2050. To get to that point, over one hundred systems will be tug to the centres of the five different gyres. Those places in the oceans where plastic waste accumulates as a result of the ocean current. At the same time, we will have to come up with a solution at the source to avoid plastic waste ending up in the ocean in the first place. For with a plastic consumption of 320 million tonnes a year, something will have to change at the source too.

VPRO Backlight followed the preparations for the long-awaited launch up close. What are the chances of success for his mission? And who are his examples and financiers? And whose corner does Boyan Slat think the ball is in: citizens, the government, or technology?

Zie ook: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Explained by The Ocean Cleanup – The Ocean Cleanup: How We Showed the Oceans Could Clean Themselves – The Ocean Array Platform: Ocean Trash Cleaner to Debut off Japanese Island Tsushima – Can We Save Our Oceans from Plastic and Remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by CNN Eco Solutions – Aanpak PlasticSoep: Plastic Zwerfafval In Rivieren en Plastic In De Grond Verminderen by IW

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: Living a Sustainable Life by Ed Begley Jr – TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Economic Injustice of Plastic by Van Jones – TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Ocean is Connected to Everything by Dr. Sylvia Earle –TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: Tackling Our Nature Deficiency Disorder by David deRotschild – The Throwaway Mentality and The 5 Oceanic Gyres – Can We Save Our Oceans from Plastic and Remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by CNN Eco Solutions – A Plastic Ocean: The Request? Rethink Plastic – Seabin Project by Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton: Cleaning our Oceans One Marina at a Time

Plastic State of Mind: Parody with Purpose – Short Film: True Life Story Of A Plastic Bag by Ramin Bahrani – The Majestic Plastic Bag A Mockumentary – Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home – The Trashy Bags Story: Our Bags are Complete Trash – Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic Soup and Plastic Planet – Plastic Soep by Jesse Goossens – Plastic Planet – Recycled Island: Cleaning our Oceans and Creating a Floating City – The Plastiki Expedition by David de Rothschild – The House of Plastic: Prefab Homes made of Plastic Garbage – From Oil to Plastic and from Plastic back to Oil: The Magic Box by Akinori Ito – The Plastiki Expedition by David de Rothschild: On National Geographic Channel – Plastic Whale

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