Oceanographer Sylvia Earle Draws the Future for the World's Oceans

| 5/4/2010 11:39:10 AM


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing world renowned oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, consultant on the Disney film Oceans. In the course of her impressive career, she has held the titles of author, explorer, lecturer, and executive director of many corporate and nonprofit organizations, as well as her current title of Explorer-in-Residence for National Geographic. She has been the leader of more than 60 expeditions, spending approximately 7,000 hours underwater in connection with her research.  

Although many people don’t realize their passion in life until later in life, Earle knew from a very young age that she wanted to study the oceans.

“At three years old I was knocked over by a wave on a New Jersey shore and the ocean got my attention. Since then life in the sea has consistently been a source of pleasure, just to be able to explore as a scientist of what lives in the ocean,” she said.

Earle has also made efforts in changing the way marine habitats are maintained. She explains three primary actions that she believes should be addressed in order for the world’s oceans to be protected.

  1. Pollution: Watch what we are putting into the oceans.
  2. Extraction: Watch what we take out of the oceans. We have already depleted a majority of the ocean’s wildlife, but it’s not too late to turn that around.
  3. People must be informed. Most people only see the ocean from the surface and assume that it looks fine from that viewpoint. They need to become informed of the ocean’s potential endangerment and the necessary steps to take in order to reverse this process. 

If the poor maintenance of the oceans continues, their future doesn’t look promising.

5/25/2010 2:20:52 PM

Seems to me we've already charted our course and are headed in the wrong direction. Big Agri is allowed to operate in a manner that sends all kinds of toxic run off into the ocean because look how many people we can feed farming this way... People are NOT reducing their dependence on oil which means there is virtually no chance of stopping drilling in ever deeper waters which will ultimately mean the chances for MORE Deepwater Horizon catastrophe's increases. People are NOT willing to examine and discuss the environmental impacts of war, but seemingly cry for more war like actions 'to teach evil doers a lesson'. We're doomed. If you are lucky enough, carve out a spot where you can meet your own food/energy needs and stop paying taxes that support these heinous decisions.

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