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.

Bag the Plastics!

On Monday, November 29th, Chris Pincetich of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and I hit the road for Sacramento for a press conference with Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger & a hoard of local California officials who are pushing hard to get a bag ban passed in the State. The votes for AB 1998 were racking up, but a few weeks before the election, out of state petrochemical interests (i.e. The Bad Guys) came in with their cash, and well, you know what happened next. So city by city, people and local leaders are stepping up to ban the bag. And we’ll just keep pushing until the job is done!