Among the ocean champions we admire for her long life commitment, never-ending passion and ocean advocacy is Sylvia Earle. Her work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades in which she has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide and can count more than 6,000 hours underwater. In 1979 she made an open-ocean JIM suit dive, setting women’s depth record at 381 metres.
This well-known oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer has been called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and a “Living Legend” by the New York Times. In 1998 she was the first “Hero for the Planet” named by the Time Magazine and that same year she became a National Geographic explorer-in-residence.
Silvia Earle´s commitment to research through personal exploration has led to a long list of accomplishments and awards, but what impresses us the most about this lady is not her awards list, but the way she still after a lifetime devoted to the world’s oceans and all the creatures that live in them, glows of love and commitment every times she speaks about the oceans and its habitants. Her voice transmits the wonder and amazement she has been part of exploring but also the urgency she feels when addressing the general publics ignorance about the role the oceans plays in our lives and the importance of generating changes to maintain their health.
In 2009, Earle won the TED Prize, and with help of TED, she launched Mission Blue, which aims to establish marine protected areas around the globe also called “Hope Spots”. In her talk she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! new submarines! — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
In August 2014, a documentary titled ‘Mission Blue’ was released. It focuses on Earle’s life and career as well as her Mission Blue campaign. These last years Earle and her partners are organizing Mission Blue expeditions to the 50 official Hope Spots around the globe.
People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.
We at Mora Water system intend to honor Sylvia Earle´s and other water warriors wish, contributing to this important global cause, trough new technologies, actions, awareness campaigns and sponsorships of science projects we intend to promote new ideas, generate awareness and promote change of existing habits, highlighting in every action what we can all do to be part of the change.