Covering over 70 percent of the earth’s surface and home for 97% of life on Earth, the ocean acts as a natural life support system. It drives climate and weather, stabilizes temperature, and shape the Earth’s chemistry. Over the past 50 years, we have drawn down the ocean’s assets rapidly with a significant loss of coral reefs and a decline in ocean wildlife.
Sylvia Earle, award-winning oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer, has dedicated her career to protecting the Earth’s oceans. Earle was formerly the first female chief scientist of NOAA prior to her current Explorer-in-Residence position at the National Geographic Society. Through research and exploration, Earle’s seeks to conserve and protect marine areas across the globe, called “hope spots,” to protect biodiversity and provide stability.
After winning a Ted Prize in 2009, Earle launched Mission Blue and the Sylvia Earle Alliance. Mission Blue supports Earle’s goal to drive action by exploring and protecting the ocean with the help of new technologies that can reach the 95% of ocean that is still undiscovered. The initiative aims to increase ocean protection from 5.1% of the global ocean to 30% by the year 2030.