By India Wright
About Sylvia Earle
She was the former chief scientist of NOAA, the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. Her research as an oceanographer and the organizations she was involved in helped develop new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments. Sylvia Earle is also the recipient of over 100 awards, including the 2014 Glamour woman of the year award.
"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."