Solar Impulse Pilot: ‘I Flew Over Plastic Waste as Big as a Continent’


The solar airplane as it approaches the California coast. (photo: Solar Impulse)
The solar airplane as it approaches the California coast. (photo: Solar Impulse)

 

Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch | Reader Supported News | April 25, 2016

s the Solar Impulse 2 made its historic 62-hour flight from Hawaii to California without fuel, pilot Bertrand Piccard personally saw the horrific amount of plastic in our oceans.

While flying above the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Piccard sent out a tweet to Boyan Slat, the 21-year-old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.

“I flew over plastic waste as big as a continent,” Piccard wrote. “We must continue to support projects like @BoyanSlat Ocean Cleanup,” referring to Slat’s ambitious project of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic trash.

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