Fans of Dr. Sylvia Earle (myself included) so respect her for her ocean science and advocacy that we call her “Her Deepness” and “The Sturgeon General.”
Now 80, this diver, scientist, explorer, advocate, aquanaut was the first female chief scientist for NOAA, Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet (1998) and is currently National Geographic Explorer in Residence.
I heard her speak last week here in Monterey. I highly recommend the film “Mission Blue” that she made with (and you can see it on) Netflix, about her life and her work, as well as her many YouTube talks, and her award winning TED talk.
Not just a world class scientist, she is a tireless advocate and a fantastic interpreter of ocean issues for the public. And she has her own Lego figure!
I’ll hand the rest of this week’s Blue Theology posting over to her:
“The most valuable thing we extract from the ocean is our own existence.”
“No child left dry – get them out there in the ocean!”
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal – films!, expeditions!, the web! new submarines! – to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots, large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
“I want everyone to go jump in the ocean to see for themselves how beautiful it is, how important it is to get acquainted with fish swimming in the ocean, rather than just swimming with lemon slices and butter.”
Earle travels 300 days a year, lectures, lobbies, visits and dives in the now 50 official Hope Spots in the world’s oceans, large marine protected areas. She is passionate and hopeful.
The day after I heard her speak she was on her way to see Laura and George W. Bush – she wanted to thank Pres. Bush for designating the then largest Hope Spot, in Northwest Hawaii (Obama has since designated more) and she intended to encourage them to do more for the oceans.
Get ready, Bushes, to honor and obey Her Deepness.