It’s been a long trip… Planes, trains, automobiles and
motorcycles. Did you mention boat?
– oh yeah boat! So for the past week, we have been travelling around in Southeast Asia. Going from Jakarta to Malaysia and Thailand to talk to the media and meet with the local stakeholders of the Interceptor project. Which includes visiting, actually the two first
Interceptors that we now have in the world. We are here on Interceptor number one in Jakarta. That’s quite satisfying. Thanks you guys, for doing this important work.
Very nice to meet you! Best of luck. We see that out of the top 1000 most polluting rivers roughly 80, 83 of them are in Indonesia. So, of course, we hope that in the coming years we can work together with the
authorities, with businesses in Indonesia to also bring the new technology to your country. It’s cool to see it! Impressive current aswell… Interceptor number two, Klang River. So definitely the coolest thing was seeing Interceptor number two in operation in Malaysia in the Klang River. Just the amount of stuff flowing through the river is really impressive and seeing the machine being able to cope with that gave me a lot of confidence in the solution, for sure. Alright let’s play with this. So you got whine, you got a chair.
– These are signs of a bad dinner party for sure… Hello Kitty, how cute. Ridiculous… That’s a teddy bear! That’s a specimen carrying bag… It’s all very real. This is the source of plastic flowing into the oceans and just see it working is incredibly satisfying. It’s important for me to be here as you know… understanding… one thing is reading the scientific papers… And now seeing it in real life. It is, again, something else. And it is really educational for me as well. And then I also met with the chief
minister of the state of Selangor who reaffirmed his commitment to the project and stressed that he was very interested in scaling up. A lot of media interviews. The Interceptor aims to stop plastic
pollution at the source before it reaches the ocean. And the person behind this
brilliant piece of engineering is here today on the show: Boyan Slat, founder and
CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Thank you for making time for this interview What we saw was a really good combination of,
on the one hand there being a real problem according to a model of the
Klang river is the fifth most polluting river in the world when it comes to plastic but on the other hand what we saw is that there was already a lot of
awareness about this issue. There were local authorities that recognized the issue and we saw that combination in Jakarta we saw the combination here
and similarly in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic Where are you going off to now?
– I think you’re joining me… we’re going to Bangkok I have to fill out my occupation on the customs form… And what is your occupation, Boyan? Garbageman Thailand has signed up to join us
in the scaleup for Interceptors Big, lots of water… challenge! That’s the boat we want! I mean, today was kind of fun where we
jumped on the random boats on the Chao Phraya cruised around a bit this is definitely a much more challenging river than a river like the Klang. You have heavy shipping much wider for four thimes as wide… I do see quite a lot of plastic on this river not exactly in the order of Klang,
but it’s up there Then we hopped on the back of a scooter
and I went to the parliament building made it to Parliament in time…
Things like that are kind of fun I’m about to meet the Minister of
Natural Resources and Environment Welcome to Thailand, welcome to the Parliament
– Thank you It’s cool to see how high on the agenda
the topic is these days it feels like a long trip, but it was actually just a week… but it was a good trip, I think… It was really good to see the Interceptors
in real environments to see real polluted rivers Absolutely ridiculously load of plastic here It’s good to be here… that’s really…insane! It was really good to meet with the
local stakeholders it gives me a much better picture of what’s happening and makes me confident
that we can actually make this scale