Mission Blue: Conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle

August 16, 2019

Ecosperity Conversations: Special Edition

Mission Blue: Conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle

In the last 50 years or so, we have depleted more than 90% of the big fish in the sea. Nearly half of the coral reefs have disappeared, and there's been a mysterious depletion of oxygen in large areas of the Pacific. But why should this concern you?

With every drop of water we drink, every breath we take, we are in fact, connected to the sea. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea, and over time, the planet’s organic carbon has been absorbed and stored there, mostly by microbes. The ocean drives climate and weather, stabilises temperature and shapes Earth’s chemistry.


“Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”

Dr Sylvia Earle

Hear first-hand from renowned oceanographer and explorer Dr Sylvia Earle about why we should protect our oceans.

Admission is free. For more information on this special edition of the Ecosperity Conversations, please contact us.


12:00 – 12:30
Registration & Lunch
30 mins

Refreshments will be provided for pre-registered guests.

12:30 – 13:30
Conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle
60 mins

Dr Sylvia Earle

President and Chairman, Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance

About the speaker

Dr Sylvia Earle
President and Chairman,
Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance

Dr Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, founder of Mission Blue, SEAlliance and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research. She is also a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Council Chair of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, former chief scientist of NOAA and a founding Ocean Elder. 

In 2009, she won the TED Prize. With that, she launched Mission Blue, which aims to establish places that are critical to the health of the ocean (dubbed "Hope Spots") around the globe. There are over 100 Hope Spots today. 

Dr Earle has led over 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater. She has authored more than 200 publications and lectured in 90 countries.

A graduate of Florida State University with an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Duke University and 29 honorary doctorates, she serves on various boards and commissions. 

Dr Earle has been called “Her Deepness” by The New York Times and “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and was Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet”.