Rolex Tes­ti­monee Sylvia Earle, Pi­o­neer of Ocean Ex­plo­ration

Asian Geographic - - Perpet Ual Planet Initiative -

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned marine bi­ol­o­gist and Rolex Tes­ti­monee Sylvia Earle has been a pi­o­neer of ocean ex­plo­ration for more than four decades. Her life’s mis­sion is to ex­plore, study and pro­tect the planet’s oceans. Now, with her ini­tia­tive, Mis­sion Blue, she is ig­nit­ing pub­lic sup­port to safe­guard marine “Hope Spots” – ar­eas of the oceans des­ig­nated as be­ing vi­tal to the preser­va­tion of species, from the range of di­ver­sity a par­tic­u­lar site dis­plays or its sig­nif­i­cance as a home to en­demic, rare or en­dan­gered species, or places where lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties rely on a healthy marine en­vi­ron­ment for their sur­vival. With the sup­port of Rolex since 2014, the num­ber of “Hope Spots” has in­creased from 50 to 112 over the past five years. Earle aims to pro­tect 30 per­cent of the world’s oceans by 2030. Cur­rently, 8 per­cent of the oceans are pro­tected.

Earle be­lieves that this is the mo­ment. “Should we not, there­fore, feel our power?” she asks. “The su­per­power of knowl­edge and the ca­pac­ity we have while we still have time. We can be the piv­otal peo­ple in all of his­tory. We couldn’t know be­fore what we now know and will never again have a chance as good as the present time to move in the right di­rec­tion, to­ward mak­ing peace with Na­ture and find­ing a place for our­selves within the nat­u­ral world that keeps us alive.”

Her great­est hope is that mankind will make peace with Na­ture and find peace among our­selves. “We are the most priv­i­leged hu­man be­ings ever to be around be­cause we have gained knowl­edge that we could have never dreamed of achiev­ing. This is the last chance we have to get it right.”

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