Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is probably more at home under the sea than she is on dry land. At least, that’s where this National Geographic Explorer in Residence has made her biggest impact as a scientist and storyteller. Called by Time Magazine a “Hero for the Planet”, Earle has been featured in numerous National Geographic articles, books, and television documentaries. She runs a nonprofit, Mission Blue, to “ignite public support for a network of marine protected areas.” More than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations, from large multinational companies to individual scientific teams doing important research, have joined her alliance.
In this video, President Obama and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle talk about a shared interest in diving after the president created the world’s largest marine protected area.
In this next video, 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.
In Her Words: Sylvia Earle on Women in Science
Read an interview with Sylvia on the National Geographic Society’s Education site.
National Geographic Magazine: Sylvia Earle and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about the seas and stars.