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Mount Laurel teen invents robot that removes plastic from oceans

What were you doing when you were 16? As I recall, I was changing my hair style. Mount Laurel’s Tanya Das? Well, she’s changing the world. 

Das has invented a remote-controlled underwater robot that can detect and remove plastic waste from the ocean and other bodies of water, a global problem that affects both humans and marine life. She’s trained more than 6,000 youth leaders in 12 countries. She’s traveled to her parents’ birthplace in India, a region among the poorest in the country, to teach 250 students to use the device to remove debris from a local river. She has founded a global nonprofit, Motion for the Ocean, to teach young people about ocean pollution, climate change, science, and technology. She was among 25 young environmental activists globally to receive the Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Award that recognizes youth taking crucial steps to solve tough environmental problems. She’s taken her passion about saving the environment to personal conversations with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President and Nobel Prize winning environmentalist Al Gore. 

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