Changing Planet

Facebook Chat With the Wisest Woman in the Sea

The young and the old and all the in-between are gathering in Paris this week to make plans and commitments for combating climate change.

While much of the anticipation is around whether there will be a big new binding agreement at the state level at the COP21 (Conference of Parties) meetings, much of the inspiration and action is likely to be going on at the COY11 (Conference of Youth) events.

Throughout it all, National Geographic explorers and staff will bring their knowledge, experience, and perspective to bear on these discussions of the natural world, our effects on it, and the latest climate and energy related ideas and innovations. And we’ll be bringing you into it on Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook as well.

Kicking it off, legendary diver and ocean advocate Dr. Sylvia Earle will be taking your questions and sharing her stories and insights in a live Facebook chat Friday, November 27, at 1 p.m. EST. 

World-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle makes a splash anywhere she goes. Here she poses inside a submersible off the coast of Vancouver. (Photo by Natalie B. Fobes/National Geographic Creative)

To stay informed and to add your voice to the discussion during live panels, follow @NatGeoExplorers on Twitter. You can also add @natgeo on Snapchat to follow along with our stories each day, and like the National Geographic Explorers Facebook page to receive updates throughout the weekend.

Finally, on Periscope, follow @natgeo and join us for three great events this week:

THURSDAY: Sources, Sinks, & Solutions | A Snapshot of the Global Climate Crisis

4p.m. Paris / 12p.m. EST/ 9a.m. PST

FRIDAY: Shift The Focus | Art, Youth, & Conservation
4p.m. Paris / 10a.m. EST / 7a.m. PST

SATURDAY: Dismantle & Adapt | Reimagining a Climate Changed World
9p.m. Paris / 3a.m. EST / 12a.m. PST

Now, to get ready to join the conversation, get to know the many National Geographic Young Explorers participating in COY11 in Paris and from their homes and field sites around the world.

Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.
  • Kara Walker

    Since the earth is melting at an alarming rate will we see greater loss of sea life- animals And fish- and will it rise enough to overtake our land/sea borders in the next 50 years?! Will many mammals and sea creatures succumb to extiction in our time? ✌️

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