Beginning on an Inspiring Note

To begin the year on an inspiring note…

This morning I watched a short video about a man who cleaned a lake. It wasn’t a remarkable lake, a bit on the small side, but all the same this man had fond memories of it as a child, the days spent on its shores and swimming in its clear waters.

Those waters became unclear over the years and the lake turned from blue to yellow due to pollution. The man, a scientist by the name of Marino Maroikawa studying at a Japanese university, took a break from school and secured a bank loan, and went to work on an idea to clean his childhood lake in Peru.

He developed a unique solution that attracts contaminated particles in water and then floats them to the water’s surface. The solution is so environmentally friendly, Maroikawa said, that you can eat it. True to his word, the video shows him scooping some of the powder into his mouth. (There is no detailed information available on what, exactly, the solution is made from. The video is a snippet from Nuseir Yasson, otherwise known as one of Facebook’s biggest vloggers Nas Daily. While his videos are usually quite entertaining and feel-good, they’re short on facts.)

Armed with a tonne of the solution, the man went to his lake and dumped it in. After a few months, the lake was transformed. It was clean. Wildlife came back, as did people.

While the science behind the method is unclear (no doubt because Maroikawa is continuing to develop and build a career on it) it was said it’s the same nanotechnology that is used in waste water treatment. According to data, 40 per cent of the world’s lakes and rivers are polluted. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could all be cleaned? Especially as the technology exists to do so?

And why aren’t more people jumping at this opportunity?

“Because it’s expensive and very hard,” Maroikawa told Nas Daily. “But, it isn’t impossible.”

And it’s that hope that spurred one man to make a big difference.

Thank-you, Maroikawa, for showing that one individual can lead to change.