Sylvia Earle: How to Protect the Ocean
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean and shocking stats about its rapid decline as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
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ABOUT Sylvia Earle
“Sylvia Earle, called ‘Her Deepness’ by the New Yorker and the New York Times, ‘Living Legend’ by the Library of Congress and ‘Hero for the Planet’ by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.
Sylvia’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface.
In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them.
Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.”