Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TED Talk: On need for Ocean Protection by Silvia Earle

I've been reading a book by Silvia Earle called Sea Change. It was written 15 years ago and describes what we cannot see or experience beneath the ocean's surface and how we need to protect and preserve this vast space. It's written from a marine biologists point of view but in a style very understandable to the layman. Silvia Earle has been an advocate for the oceans and the creatures who live in them for about 40 years. She is known in her circles as "Her Deepness".

Silvia Earle was a prize winning speaker this year at the annual TED Talks. For those of you who may not be familiar, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and is an invitation- only conference where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration.
Below is a video link to her TED talk. (It's about 15 minutes.) I have several copies of her paperback Sea Change if you'd like to read it. I plan on giving one to the local library if they don't already have a copy. The second link gives background info on Silvia Earle. I am guessing she is around sixty years old. Among other things, she is a former chief scientist at NOAA  —  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She gave up eating fish over two decades ago.

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