Looking back on a successful event!

The presentation by The Ocean Cleanup proved that the organization has made enormous progress over the last four years, since founder and CEO Boyan Slat gained national and international publicity when he explained his revolutionary idea in his renowned TED Talk in 2012 in Delft. This time The Ocean Cleanup’s Dieke van der Gugten convinced the audience – consisting of Japanese and Dutch invitees – once again of the absolute urge to find a sustainable solution for purifying the oceans of plastic litter and other debris. The presentation showed that even a well-developed country such as Japan faces enormous challenges when it comes to keeping the rivers and oceans clean. It’s not hard to imagine what this means in lesser-developed parts of the world. The Netherlands embassy in Tokyo genuinely hopes that The Ocean Cleanup will succeed in reaching its goals and we are looking forward to seeing the organization here in Japan again!

  1. How did TEDxBinnenhof | Ideas from Europe inspire your mission and/or event?

It’s well known that Boyan Slat, CEO and founder of ‘The Ocean Clean-up’ gained a lot of national and international publicity with his TEDx talk in 2012 on his idea to rinse the oceans of plastics and other debris. The last few years he and his team have made tremendous progress with their idea and they even identified several pilot locations, among others at the Japanese island of Tsushima. Two of his employees are currently in Japan on a research mission. A TED talk at the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo would be an excellent follow-up to the original Ted talk that Boyan held four years ago.

Because of the time differences it proved to be impossible to organize a livestream. Therefore we will take enough pictures during this ‘pre-event’ that can be displayed at the TEDxBinnenhof website.

  1. What will your event look like?

Program viewing party 18 March:

17:00     Arrival of the guests, welcome drinks served
17:15     Welcome words by Marc Gerritsen, Head of the Economic Section, Netherlands Embassy
17:30     TEDx talk by Dieke van der Gugten from the Ocean Cleanup
17:45     Q&A and discussion with the audience
18:00     Drinks & snacks

  1. Who will be invited to your event?

We will invite a selection of relevant contacts from several governmental agencies and a selection of guests from the Dutch and Japanese business network.

  1. What do you hope to achieve by organising this event?

We aim to strengthen the image of the Netherlands as a constructive partner in facing current and future environmental challenges. Also, we would like to generate as much attention as possible for the Ocean Clean-up’s revolutionary idea. Lastly we hope to strengthen our network with new and existing contacts from several companies and governmental agencies.

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