Saturday, 14 February 2009

A TED wish for the MPAs and the oceans

Sylvia Earle honoured by being made a 2009 TED Award Recipient.



TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

Sylvia Earle's ‘wish’:

"I wish you would use all means at your disposal -- films! expeditions! the web! more! -- to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet."

Previous winners include Bill Clinton, Bono, E.O. Wilson, and Larry Brilliant

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and "Hero for the Planet" by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

"We've got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us."

TED started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

Click the links to find out more TED and Sylvia's MPA 'wish'
To hear the podcast where Sylvia discuss her wish on IUCN's Wild Talk, click here.