The life of Boyan Slat, a young man who wants to clean the oceans

At only 18, he thought of a system to clean up the oceans. Today, the whole world has its eyes on him and his great project, 'The Ocean Cleanup'. This is the life of Boyan Slat. With ChangeNOW Summit

One mission: to rid the world’s ocean of plastic

Dedicating one’s life to solve the plastic problem, that’s the choice Boyan Slat made, a Dutchman born in 1994. Passionate about science since he was a kid, he set a Guinness World Record at the age of 14 for launching 213 water rockets at the same time. Later on, he began his studies in engineering, before quitting to dedicate himself to the issue of plastic.

At that moment, the question that kept me thinking, couldn’t stop thinking about it, and then after half a year of aerospace engineering in university, I decided to drop out and start The Ocean Cleanup. After raising 2 million euros via a worldwide crowdfunding campaign, he embarked on his great project to clean up the oceans.

In 2018, he set up a first floating barrier to collect waste from the Great Pacific garbage patch off the coast of California.But after several months of trying, Boyan Slat and his teams faced many problems. In June 2019, after fixing the problems, a new design was launched into the Pacific Ocean. The objective is to collect 90% of plastic in the oceans. To this end, Boyan Slat also wishes to work on the source of pollution: the earth. 1,000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of the world’s plastic pollution. That’s 1% of rivers doing 80% of the damage.

Boyan Slat has already received many rewards: ONU - Champions of the Earth 2014, Forbes - 30 under 30 2016, and Reader’s Digest - European of the Year 2017. Today, the world has its eyes on him, hoping that his system will be an efficient solution to solve the plastic problem. Boyan Slat thinks transitioning the world from being non-sustainable to being sustainable is the biggest challenge of this generation.


02/06/2020 12:24 PMupdated: 06/08/2020 12:44 PM


  • Pei-Yue L.
    03/07/2020 07:58

    A much needed modern day environmental hero. .. brains, looks and AcTioN. He deserves recognition for his work and all the assistance and backing. Great job, Boyan Slat! We salute you and thank you.. . Keep uP the Good work! ✊

  • Jean C.
    03/01/2020 12:00

    I belong to a group in West Cape, South Africa who fill one litre plastic bottles that were thrown away, with foil and soft plastics. They get tightly stuffed and these bottles are then used with cement as bricks for building park chairs, plant beds and low cost buildings.

  • Holly D.
    02/17/2020 15:50

    ALSO PART 2 of what we need to do... why don't we just STOP making plastics of all kinds to put an end to the cleaning and thereby save our environment.

  • Holly D.
    02/17/2020 15:49

    Agreed... This is the young person that should be Times Person of the Year, and be nominated for the Peace Nobel Prize.

  • Susan G.
    02/15/2020 09:55

    This is the young person that should be Times Person of the Year, and be nominated for the Peace Nobel Prize.

  • Betty A.
    02/14/2020 21:41

    He is the young person that should win the Nobel Peace prize not Greta. After Obama how can it be viewed as legitimate.

  • Jason S.
    02/14/2020 09:55

    Why isn't he the face of climate change instead of Greta. He is actually doing something. She is just some little girl telling us how evil we are. She has not actually done anything at all for the environment.

  • Boone S.
    02/13/2020 19:23

    Producers of plastic need to take responsibility of prevention pollution.

  • Keith J.
    02/13/2020 05:36

    but Greta, Leo, And big Al are to busy making money on the lecture talk about this young guy,

  • Paul C.
    02/12/2020 23:32

    Multinational company's petrochemical company's polluters of all industries Need to be climate taxed to fund the clean up of the environmental catastrophe that they have imposed on society and the world. By creating toxic materials of their by products.. Packaging and mass production practice with a waste and Dispose ideology With no concern for environment or resulting issues.. They have to take responsibility for their recklessness... And start globally addressing and funding the problem they have caused.. If plastics were recycled even into fuel... On the condition that all Wells stop drilling It would be an indirect not perfect start.. But would at least begin a phase out.. Of fosil fuels While cleaning up the oceans. It's possible and more realistic Than most ideas in my opinion

  • Valerie E.
    02/12/2020 11:58

    Not rabbiting on about climate change but dealing practically with environmental degradation. Good on him. That's what we all need to be doing. Deal with environmental degradation and look for ways to do things better.

  • Ning A.
    02/12/2020 11:23

    Hat's off to You

  • Alexander P.
    02/12/2020 11:19

    this guy is a legend. And so is the free mrkt

  • Eric L.
    02/12/2020 08:07

    But more plastic factories are coming up. Also pls stop sending unrecycleable plastic waste to Asian countries, we hv yet to see the senders of these waste being punished by any of the European or American govts. Stop all these doubletalk and start taking actions on your own plastic polluters of the world.

  • Joan R.
    02/11/2020 15:43

    Stop making it.

  • Jan L.
    02/10/2020 04:02

    We can stop selling our water in one use plastic bottles. Our tap water is ok but we still sell water in our shops. WHY?

  • Umu M.
    02/09/2020 22:54

    One thousand applauses 👏👏

  • Jason S.
    02/09/2020 16:28

    The Western world send their plastic waste to China and then China dumped it in the ocean 😂😂😂

  • Luis R.
    02/09/2020 15:25

    He is actually doing something about it, so why they didn't nominate him for the nobel prize instead of Gretta Thungberg who hasn't done anything but bitch about shit while traveling on her expensive yacht 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Vihari R.
    02/09/2020 14:23

    Is there any clean up r voulenteres any possibilities in India also

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