Sylvia Earle. If you don’t know her yet – you need to! She is a living legend and motivation for any of us who strive to break down barriers and speak up about what matters. Her love for the ocean and hope for its sustainable future is absolutely contagious!
Dr. Earle is former Chief Scientist of NOAA, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July, 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1000 meters depth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 22 honorary degrees and has authored more than 180 scientific, technical and popular publications, lectured in more than 70 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean, “Hope Spots,” to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change. You can learn more at http://www.missionblue.org.
Here’s Sylvia with some thoughts on the oceans and plastic …