“If I could be born anywhere in time, it would be now. it would be now because we understand what we didn’t know 50 years ago. If we wait another 50 years, opportunities we now have will be gone. This is the moment. Our decisions, our actions, will shape everything that follows.”
– Dr. Sylvia Earle
More than four years in the making, MISSION BLUE is legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s eye-opening wake-up call to save the ocean. Directed by Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) and Robert Nixon (“Gorillas in the Mist”), the film follows Dr. Earle on her global quest to protect the ocean — and the extraordinary marine life that call it home — from the powerful forces of pollution, overfishing and climate change. The film also sheds light on Sylvia’s remarkable personal story and professional journey, from her earliest memories exploring the ocean as a young girl to her days leading daring undersea missions, offering insight on the sacrifices, difficulties and tough choices she faced along the way. MISSION BLUE premieres on August 15, 2014, only on Netflix.
For generations, we have believed that the ocean is too big to fail — but that’s no longer true. And having logged more than 7000 hours underwater, Dr. Earle is uniquely positioned to help us understand why. In MISSION BLUE, she and cinematographer Bryce Groark bring audiences up-close-and-personal like never before to bear witness to the industrialized world’s devastating impact on the world’s oceans, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to a shocking wasteland in Australia’s Coral Sea.
The film deftly weaves the challenges we face and Sylvia’s unique personal history with the passion that consumes her today: creating a network of protected marine sanctuaries that she calls “Hope Spots.”
Sylvia passionately believes that this ambitious plan – modeled on the idea of national parks — is the best way to restore the health of the ocean. As a witness to oceanic and marine life change over the past 60 years, Sylvia is a steadfast warrior, leading the charge to restore the ocean to health before it’s too late. And MISSION BLUE is her warning call.
As Sylvia says: “No ocean; no life. No ocean; no us.”
DR. SYLVIA EARLE BIO
Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and The New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and first “Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine, Dr. Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Oceanic Society, and Ocean Futures.
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, the Ocean in Google Earth, a founding Ocean Elder, and leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 26 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications, lectured in more than 80 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
She has led more than 100 ocean research expedition, logged more than 7000 hours underwater, set a record for solo diving to 1000 meters, and led the first team of women aquanauts, living under the ocean during the Tektite Project in 1970 and in nine other saturation dives, most recently in July, 2012. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
With SEAlliance and Mission Blue, she is committed to developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean, “Hope Spots,” to safeguard the living systems that provide stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.
Her more than 100 national and international honors include the 2013 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2013 French Legend of the Planet Medal, 2011 Royal Geographical Society Gold Medal, 1996 Explorers Club Medal, 2011 Medal of Honor from the Dominican Republic, 2009 TED Prize, Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, Australia’s International Banksia Award, Italy’s Artiglio Award, the International Seakeepers Award, the U.S. Department of Interior Conservation Service Award, the International Women’s Forum, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Academy of Achievement, Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, UN Global 500, UNESCO’s e-award and medals from the Explorers Club, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Lindbergh Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sigma Xi, Barnard College, and the Society of Women Geographers.
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