An Evening with Sylvia Earle, Featuring a Screening of Mission Blue

Sylvia.1.600Event Date: October 21st, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm in the MIIS Irvine Auditorium

Event Description: The Center for the Blue economy is honored to have Dr. Sylvia Earle as a member of our Advisory Council and hosted this special evening to screen her recent documentary: Mission Blue. The film was followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Earle moderated by Center for the Blue Economy Director, Dr. Jason Scorse.

Event News Article: Legendary Ocean Researcher Sylvia Earle Inspires, courtesy of the MIIS Newsroom, originally posted on October 22, 2015. Excerpt: Called “Her Deepness” by the New York Times, the first “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine and a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Dr. Sylvia Earle is among the world’s most widely respected advocates for ocean conservation. Dr. Earle has inspired generations with her scientific exploration and activism, and what her friend Judy Kildow of the Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) calls “unparalleled positive enthusiasm and passion for what she does.” On October 21, 2015 Earle visited campus for a private session with Middlebury Institute environmental policy students, as well as a public film screening that was open to the larger Monterey community.

Event Video: You can stream the video of the introduction and Q&A session below, or you may download the Sylvia Earle Q&A session.

More about Mission Blue and the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A)

Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots – special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. They are uniting a global coalition of partners to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit reefs, Mission Blue seeks to bring about a significant increase in ocean protection from less than three percent today to 20% by the year 2020.

Mission Blue was formed in response to Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish. Dr. Earle urged people “to 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.”

Under Dr. Earle’s leadership, the Mission Blue team has embarked on a series of expeditions to further this vision and shed light on these ocean Hope Spots. We also bring the discoveries and stories of a network of ocean experts to the public through documentaries, social and traditional media, and innovative tools like Google’s “Explore the Ocean” layer. Additionally, Mission Blue support the work of many conservation NGOs with whom we share the basic mission of ocean protection and public awareness. Currently, the Mission Blue coalition includes over 100 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations – from large multinational companies down to individual scientific teams doing important research.

Decades of overfishing, pollution, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean – and therefore threaten the future of humankind. We encourage all global citizens who care about our ocean to reach out and support Mission Blue in any way they can. Presently, less than three percent of the ocean is fully protected; just years ago, that number was around 1 percent. With concerted effort and passionate people, we can continue this positive trend and help create a global network of Hope Spots, the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean.

Photo credit for banner image: Kip Evans, Mission Blue Expeditions Coordinator.