Praise Youth’s Solution to Ocean Pollution

Garbage Patch

Target: Boyan Slat

Goal: Praise teen for creating a solution to get rid of plastic in our oceans

Boyan Slat claims that we are in a Plastic Age, where the waste finds its way into our oceans, polluting not just the water, but poisoning our wildlife and us. Many scientists and politicians thought that the problem was far too massive for us to fix, but 19-year-old Boyan Slat stepped up and created his own solution. For tackling a problem that many experts in the field thought was too huge, Slat should be praised for his commitment to the environment and our wildlife.

Slat’s solution to the problem is anchoring floating “arms” to the seabed and using the ocean’s currents to catch plastic. It would be collected and then recycled, ridding the ocean of these toxic substances. Slat was able to present his idea to the “Our Ocean” conference, where diplomats from various countries met to discuss the situation of our oceans. While Slat’s solution is still being tested, he should be praised for coming up with a solution that many experts believed couldn’t be found.

Plastic pollution is a very real problem, one that should be dealt with immediately. The environment and wildlife are suffering at our expense and we humans should take responsibility. Praise this youth for stepping up and helping to preserve the ocean for future generations of humans and wildlife.


Dear Boyan Slat,

I am writing this letter to praise you for your efforts in cleaning our oceans. As you may know, many scientists and experts believe that it is nearly impossible to clean our oceans, despite the harm it is causing to our wildlife and to us. It is absolutely incredible that a youth such as yourself is so keen on cleaning our oceans, especially when adults and other experts deem it such a complicated task.

Please continue to spread your ideals about cleaning the ocean to everyone in the world. The young and old need to realize that our livelihood depends upon the environment, and polluting it will mean our ultimate demise.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steven Guerrisi via Flickr

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