The Ocean Cleanup Raises $21.7 Million To Rid The Oceans Of Plastic

Posted: May 5 2017, 5:38am CDT | by , Updated: May 5 2017, 5:41am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
The Ocean Cleanup Raises $21.7 Million to Rid the Oceans of Plastic
The Ocean Cleanup Raises 21.7 Million USD in Donations to Start Pacific Cleanup Trials.
  • Dutch Foundation collects $21.7 Million in Donations for Cleaning Up Ocean Trash

A Dutch foundation by the name of Ocean Cleanup has collected $21.7 million in donations for cleaning up the trash in the Pacific Ocean.

The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation, has manufactured certain advanced technological systems to rid the ocean of any man-made flotsam and jetsam in it. The foundation has collected upto $21.7 million in donations in order to clean the Pacific Ocean of the trash that has accumulated in it.

The funding came courtesy of two philanthropists Marc and Lynne Benioff. There was also a donor who chose to remain unnamed. Among other sources of valuable donations were: the Julius Baer Foundation, Royal DSM and Silicon Valley big shot Peter Thiel.

"Lynne and I are thrilled to support The Ocean Cleanup's important goal of eliminating plastic in our oceans," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce.

"With Boyan's innovative leadership, I believe The Ocean Cleanup will have an incredibly positive impact on the future of our oceans. I hope other leaders will join us in supporting these efforts."

Since the past half a decade or so, Ocean Cleanup has been developing its plastic-capturing technology. It relies on the oceanic currents to filter and segregate the plastic pieces.

This reduces the time span it takes to clean up the ocean. The huge funds collected by the organization will be put to good use. Ridding the world’s oceans of the debris will be a tough job. Yet the head honchos at Ocean Cleanup are confident in their ability to get the job done.

The oceans are being slowly poisoned by the excess plastic and general garbage generated by human activity. There has got to be a way out of this mess, thought many of the originators of the environmental setup.

Therefore this will in fact be the biggest cleanup in all of history. There are some 5 trillion odds and ends of plastic floating about in the oceans of the planet. Also some new areas of concentrated garbage have been found recently. This shows that a lot of work still needs to be done.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about the size of the state of Texas. This in itself shows the mirror to mankind. We may be making progress yet it is at the cost of a pristine environment which is being polluted at an alarming pace.

The passive technology of Ocean Cleanup could be scaled up so that not only the Pacific Ocean but all the other oceans of the world could be cleansed of the garbage created by mankind.

The founder and CEO of Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, spoke of how the goal of the startup was to rid the oceans of the plastic and that the support was a major leap forward in the achievement of this objective.

“Our mission is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, and this support is a major leap forward towards achieving this goal,” said Slat. “Thanks to the generous support of these funders, the day we’ll be returning that first batch of plastic to shore is now in sight.”

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