Check out the TEDx Oil Spill conference

TEDx oil spill conferenceIf you haven’t already, check out the TEDx Oil Spill conference. It was held/streamed live on June 28 from Washington DC and featured an impressive number of speakers including Sylvia Earle, Carl Safina, Philippe Cousteau, David Gallo (Woods Hole), Andrew Sharpless (Oceana) and many others on the oil spill, the future of energy, and what this event means for our blue planet. The oil spill is a call to action for all oceans. Topics include mitigation of the spill and the impending cleanup efforts; energy alternatives; policy and economics; as well as new technology that can help us build a self-reliant culture.

A Message From Sylvia Earle

Coral reefs off Florida
Editor’s note: Oceanographer Sylvia Earle believes we can save our seas and ourselves with an intelligent attitude to the Earth’s blue life-support system. Here she expresses her opinion for CNN.

(CNN) — Since I began exploring the ocean as a marine scientist 50 years ago, more has been learned about the ocean than during all preceding history.

At the same time, more has been lost.

Two weeks ago I testified before U.S. Congress on the ecological impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I did so with perspective gained while sloshing around oiled beaches and marshes among dead and dying animals, diving under sheets of oily water and for years — as a founder and executive of engineering companies — of working with those in the oil industry responsible for developing and operating sophisticated equipment in the sea. Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Sylvia Earle

Today I spent 15 minutes, 31 seconds (but who’s counting?) on the phone with Dr. Sylvia Earle. Wow. What a huge honor. And for me, a dream come true. As you know from my previous post — she’s a hero to me and more importantly, to the ocean. Without further waxing poetic… here’s what we talked about. Read it — then go see disneynature oceans posterOCEANS as soon as possible — and spread the word!

MarineBio (MB): How would you describe the changes in the oceans since you first began your career as a scientist and explorer? Continue reading

The impact of heroes… Dr. Sylvia Earle

You know that question “if you could choose 3 people, alive or dead, to have dinner with, who would you choose?” For me, the person who always springs to mind first is Dr. Sylvia Earle. She became one of my “dinner heroes” when I read her book Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans. Never judge a book by its cover? Well, I did — and it changed my life. The bright blue cover and the fish caught my eye as I passed a table at Barnes & Noble and I bought the book on impulse. I read it on vacation in the Florida panhandle and couldn’t put it down. I remember sitting on the beach in Destin reading until the sun went down absolutely shell-shocked (pun purely intentional) by the state of the ocean described by Dr. Earle. Continue reading