Plastic is the enduring residue of consumer society. A plastic shopping bag corrodes in approximately 20 years; a plastic bottle decays in something like 450 years. Cheap and universally applicable, 225 million tons of it are produced every year, made from a resource that is not quite as interminable as it used to be: oil.
Plastic clouds our oceans as floating particulate, sometimes forming entire islands. It is estimated that there are 150 million tons of plastic in the oceans, with 100,000 tons in the North Pacific garbage patch alone. This means that plastic is responsible for about 70 percent of all oceanic pollution. If those numbers fail to illustrate the sheer scope of the problem, just look at these people posing in the middle of their weekly production of household rubbish.
It was while diving through Greece that Boyan Slat, then 17, grasped the gravity of the problem. …
Today, he leads a team of 100 scientists, students, and supporters. And with his latest crowdfunding success, Slat’s workload shows no sign of slowing down. He explained that he next plans to build upscaled prototypes of his floating, 100-kilometer long collectors, before anchoring the systems in polluted waters within the next three to five years.
and he’s Dutch
Guards: Oh no. Wait. Stop. No. Don’t steal those. Get back here, you criminal. (Pfft! Can’t believe they’re falling for it!)
I read that in a sarcastic voice
why is this so funny?
Photograph by Cory Richards
A lama holds a mala, or Tibetan rosary, used to keep track of prayers and mantras in a ritual to foretell the future. He follows the religion of Bon, which predated Buddhism in ancient Tibet and is still practiced in a few areas of Mustang.