There is a hero on a mission to save the oceans. She has a credible plan and the international 'creds' to accomplish this long overdue and necessary component to preserving a vital piece of our biological home which must be saved if our species and the species with whom we share our environment are to survive.
Dr. Sylvia Earle has been on the leading edge of oceanic research for more than sixty years. She has spent almost a year underwater in the depths of the ocean for which she acquired the title: 'Her Deepness". Now she has a plan and a "Mission Blue" to get her plan to the powers that be.
Take a look at her plan from the new documentary "Mission Blue" which is being released and streamed by Netflix today.
Dr. Earle's optimism is infectious. It needs to be. Her mission is to save the largest living body on our planet and it's difficult to get people to focus when only the surface of the ocean is visible.
Earle: I’m greatly encouraged. Actually, just these last few months there’s been significant progress. Like President Obama announcing his intent to establish an area bigger than all the national parks put together, which he brought up at the state department ocean conference in June.
And other nations are stepping up right now. About two years ago the U.K. protected the waters surrounding the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In the Pacific we’re seeing a lot of island nations realize they have jurisdiction over a lot of ocean – a little bit of land, but a lot of ocean. Just in the last few weeks, the president of Palau has reaffirmed what he said at a United Nations meeting in New York, that he intends to close all of his country’s exclusive economic zones to the industrial fishing that has taken a big bite out of the sharks, the tunas, and other ocean wildlife. So protecting our oceans is an idea that’s catching on. And I’m optimistic that once people see that it really works – like in Cabo Pulmo – it’s really going to begin to catch fire.
Most of us on this site know that the climate crisis is bad. Really really bad. It does no good to despair about the devastating time we live in. The only thing that will help is to focus on solutions and to actually take action in our own lives to make the changes necessary and to promote those solutions which will lead us to a safer future. Dr. Earle presents a solution which is doable and would have a great impact on protecting our oceans and our future.