Our Changing Oceans, the 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and Environment, took place in Washington, DC from January 19-21, 2011. At the end of day two, Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, was awarded the National Council for Science and the Environment Lifetime Achievement Award. After being befittingly introduced by ocean champion, Congressman Sam Farr, Dr. Earle took the stage wearing her signature light blue blazer and infectious smile to an enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed auditorium. Once on stage, Her Deepness cast her magic by opening with a seven-minute clip of the documentary/movie about her TED Wish and Mission Blue
You could have heard a pin drop while the video played, even though the audience was mostly full of like-minded “oceanphillic” individuals. The film clip poignantly captured the plight and hope for our oceans, which is Dr. Earle’s mission. After weaving her poetry of words around powerful images of the ocean and our planet, two things stuck out most in my mind. First was the image of mars juxtaposed to earth, where Her Deepness pointed out the scary similarity and irony that while we are looking for life on mars, we are continuing to reduce life on earth, making our planet look more like mars. A lot of us understand this grave reality and want to urgently fix the problem by addressing the challenge with optimism in order to enlighten people about the ocean so that they can know, care and take action........Read more on the SEAlliance Blog - click here!