“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.” – Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle (also known as “her deepness”) is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, engineer and lecturer. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and since 1998 has been a National Geographic explorer. In 1998 she was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet and in 2009 Earle won a TED award and with their support she launched Mission Blue which aims to establish “hope spots” or marine protected areas around the globe.
Mission Blue’s aim is to ‘Protect the ocean in the same way we now protect the land’
As of 2013 there were 51 hope spots around the world however this equates to less than 3% of the world’s oceans being protected. Mission Blue’s aim is to have 20% protected by 2020.
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal – films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.” – Sylvia Earle
Earle has written over 150 publications and travels 300 days of the year giving talks most evenings in far flung places in the globe.
In August a Netflix documentary entitled ‘Mission Blue’ was released which focuses mainly on Earle’s career and life as well as her Mission Blue project. Below is a trailer for the Mission Blue documentary, if anyone decides to watch it I would be very interested to hear your thoughts and views on the documentary as it looks really interesting!