-KQED’s video profile of Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, undersea explorer and conservationist. She has lead more than 60 marine expeditions, is an Explorer in Residence at National Geographic, was Time magazine’s first Hero of the Planet and was among the first marine scientists to use scuba gear in her research.
Two of her most recent accomplishments are Google Ocean and Hope Spots:
Earle wrote: “[In 2005], “I met Google Earth and Maps, Director John Hanke at a conference in Spain, and had a chance to publicly say how much I love Google Earth. ‘My children, my grandchildren think it is great to see their backyard, fly through the Grand Canyon, visit other countries,’ I said. ‘But John, when are you going to finish it? You should call Google Earth “Google Dirt.” What about the ¾ of the planet that is blue?”
Today, thanks to Earle’s prodding, we can now visit Google Ocean. Earle narrates a highlight tour of the ocean section of Google Earth.
Hope Spots are a series of Marine Sanctuaries that are being established around the planet. “Hope Spots are pristine places in the sea that, if protected, can serve as sources of renewal for depleted species and systems, while contributing to overall planetary stability and health. They also include seriously traumatized areas such as the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea, because with care, they can be restored to better condition – a cause for hope. As far as I’m concerned, there is just one big blue hope spot – the ocean, there is hope not only for dolphins, fish and coral reefs – there is hope for humankind as well.”
For more information:
KQED’s video profile of Sylvia Earle
The Academy of Achievement’s in-depth interview with Earle surveys her amazing career: Ambassador for the World’s Oceans
Sylvia Earle’s TED Prize talk How to Protect the Oceans.
This is another in an occasional series of posts celebrating the birthdays of environmentalists, ecologists, travelers, adventurers, thinkers, artists, writers, and scientists who have inspired us to a greater appreciation of and participation in life on planet Earth. Who has inspired you? Please let us know, so we can add them to our celebration list.