A Dutch ‘boy genius’ said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he’s right.

In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat dedicated his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .

In his talk, he laid out his idea for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an enormous and still-growing island of plastic and other trash hanging out in the north Pacific ocean between California and Hawaii.

As a person who loves the ocean — not to mention inspiring people — I’ll be following Slat’s cleanup project closely. With so many environmental protections being dismantled in the U.S ., it’s freshening to see people focused on solving problems — and it’s especially awesome to see it being done so well.

Here’s to the dedicated folks working to save the environment and better our world. And here’s to the young people who maintain showing us how it’s done.

Make sure to visit: CapGeneration.com

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