To be honest, it might actually be a lot less than that but you silicon valley types seem to favour billions.
Instagram – $1 Billion
WhatsApp – $19 Billion
Beats – $3 Billion
Millions are for those who aren’t imaginative enough to spend a billion – am I right?
Removing tongue from cheek for one second, I am cognisant of the fact that Apple sits on a huge cash pile, and am deadly serious in my request.
You will no doubt be aware, that our oceans are festooned with plastic of all types. From toothbrushes to cigarette lighters and carrier bags.
A TV series called “The Island” featuring Bear Grylls, aired here in the UK recently. The most abundant resource that the participants found washing up on the beaches of their remote Pacific islands, were plastic bottles. Thousands and thousands of plastic bottles. A genuinely shocking amount.
A brief image search will show you sickening pictures of areas where the plastic has accumulated into huge floating islands. Apparently in places it’s thick enough to walk on.
The time is right for something to be done about this menace.
What I envision, are ocean going ships that would dredge, process and ultimately recycle – perhaps back on land – vast quantities of the stuff.
I’m no naval architect, sailor, marine biologist or recycling expert, so the intricacies of doing this are beyond me. It will take a lot of very bright people to make it happen. As luck would have it, you have access to lots of very bright people!
As a guide to cost, Queen Mary 2, the biggest most expensive cruise liner ever built cost approximately $840 million. Surely a trial vessel could be produced for a small fraction that?
Seriously, cleaning up the oceans is something that absolutely NEEDS to happen. Apple has the money to do this. You have the discretion over that money to make it happen. You personally have the status, such that your leadership would make this a reality.
It’s frankly unimaginable that either of our governments could stop their internal bickering for long enough to make it happen. “Spend a tiny percentage of the defense budget on some hippy eco project? Wash your mouth out with soap, young man!”
Please do give it some thought.