I am in the middle of a four-day course scuba certification course, so I thought this would be a good time to post a video of famed marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle. Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society, Leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, Council Chair for the Harte Research Institute at Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, Founder and Chairman of Mission Blue, and formerly the Chief Scientist of NOAA.
In other words, this woman knows a bit about the ocean, and scuba diving! In fact, she lead the first expedition of women who lived underwater in a submersible for several weeks, back in the late 1970s.
I recently heard United Church of Canada Moderator Mardi Tindal say that we can’t speak about climate change without also speaking about the acidification of the ocean that is happening because of the large amount of carbon dioxide that it is absorbing from the atmosphere. It has been buffering us, on land, from the worst effects of global warming because of this. But the ocean, too, is approaching its tipping point. Soon, it will become so acidic that the shells of shellfish won’t be able to form properly, and the conditions for most marine life to survive will be altered to the point they will die out. The mess in the Gulf right now from the eruption of the BP oil volcano is a very visible demonstration of the disaster we humans have been inflicting on the “Blue Planet’s” oceans. Although this video is nearly 30 minutes long, I would encourage you to take the time to watch it. Dr. Earle has important things to say that the rest of us, who can still affect change before it’s too late, need to hear.
If you are on Facebook, you can go to the Friends of Dr. Sylvia Earle page to get updates from her.