|On the 8th of December Boyan Slat visits De Balie for a conversation on the legal challenges he faces in his fight against the plastic soup. In 2013, the 18-years-old Boyan Slat started The Ocean Cleanup in his hometown. Struck by the idea of a floating barrier that could collect plastic using the power of ocean currents, he aimed to clean the world’s oceans of all plastic soup.
The Ocean Cleanup has faced many challenges in creating technologies to clean polluted waters. This year the company reached the milestone of removing 200,000 kilos of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. But every year, more than 1 million tons of plastic pollution ends up in the ocean.
On the 8th of december we speak with The Ocean Cleanup and law firm De Brauw, The Ocean Cleanup’s pro bono partner, about the legal challenges of their activities. What can and should we do on the high seas, where no single State is responsible? What can we learn from The Ocean Cleanup in tackling environmental issues in areas beyond national jurisdiction?
This programme is developed in cooperation with our partner: De Brauw.