31 March 2016
At the start of March there was an AVAAZ campaign to raise funds
to turn a prototype ocean plastic vacuum cleaner into a full size
working ship. In just two weeks 50,000 AVAAZ supporters donated
sufficient funds for robotic development, tank testing and
more public awareness raising events and the call for funding has
been closed. More details here.
Here is what AVAAZ had to say about the project:
A shocking new study says that by 2050 there will be more
plastic in our oceans than fish.
What we're doing to our planet is just obscene. It might shake our
faith in humanity. But then you hear about Terry, Christina, and
Chris -- 3 friends who read about the plastic problem and the Great
Pacific garbage patch -- a vast semi-dissolved island of waste
twice the size of France.
They were disgusted, and invented a simple solution -- the SeaVax,
a solar-powered ship that can suck up to 22 million kgs of plastic
a year! Just a small number of these ships could clean up the
entire Pacific garbage patch in just 10 years!!
It's a beautiful example of people rising to a great challenge of
our time. But it's just begun, and it needs our help. The first
SeaVax model has been built, but needs funding to scale it up to
the awesome task of the world's greatest clean-up.
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