Oceans of Inspiration – Sylvia Earle at Momentum 2011

Sustainable Seas: The Vision, The Reality

On May 12th, Dr. Earle addressed a crowd of more than 500 at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis as the final speaker in the Institute on the Environment’s groundbreaking Momentum 2011 event series.

To say that her talk was inspirational would be an understatement. With lyrical words and stunning underwater images,  Sylvia took us on an expedition from the deepest ocean to our neighboring planets, bringing into sharp focus what the  future may hold. She conveyed not only her passion for wh
at she calls “the blue heart of the planet,” but also her conviction that we must – and can – still rescue it from the overfishing, climate change and other onslaughts it faces today.

With the message that the next 10 years on earth will be the most important in the next 10,000, Sylvia invites us again to participate in her TED 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.”

Click here for a video of highlights, Sylvia’s full speech is below.

Epic Herring Spawn on San Francisco Bay !

The epic herring spawn on the Bay this weekend was hard to miss. Sea lions, birds and even ladybugs were out in force to feed on the herring and their highly sought after eggs. The fishing season is now closed, as the quotas were filled early. This will allow even more time for the herring to regain a healthy footing in the Bay. It’s a living sign of hope that even with an oil spill such as the Costco Busan, an ecosystem can rebound if protected and given a chance. Whether or not recovery is possible with mega-gushers such as the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, remains to be seen. We can only hope that this epic spawning event in San Francisco is not an anomaly and that is the beginning of the rebounding of a healthy herring population here in the Bay.

Video by Deb Castellana