• Environmental organization The Ocean Cleanup has been collecting plastic waste using a 600-metre floating barrier.
  • The first haul of waste, cleared from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, has been returned to shore.
  • The 60 bags measuring 1 cubic metre each contained everything from discarded fishing nets to microplastics.

The stats about ocean plastic are so stark and the problem so seemingly insurmountable, you could be forgiven for wondering what on Earth we’re going to do about it.

How UpLink is helping to find innovations to solve challenges like this

UpLink is a digital platform to crowdsource innovations in an effort to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

It is an open platform designed to engage anyone who wants to offer a contribution for the global public good. The core objective is to link up the best innovators to networks of decision-makers, who can implement the change needed for the next decade. As a global platform, UpLink serves to aggregate and guide ideas and impactful activities, and make connections to scale-up impact.

Hosted by the World Economic Forum, UpLink is being designed and developed in collaboration with Salesforce, Deloitte and LinkedIn.