The lady of the deep, oceanographer, explorer and all around bad ass, Dr. Sylvia Earle.
I had the great pleasure of hearing Dr. Earle speak last weekend. I am in total crush status. Sylvia Earle is like the real deal Gidget, but before hanging out at the beach blanket bingo, Dr. Earle is like ‘I’m going to go live on the bottom of the ocean for two weeks where I’ll be busy looking at coral and talking to dolphins. Catch ya on the flip side!’
Fact- she lived under water for two weeks (google Tektite Project). Fact- she still holds the deepest female dive. And, all in the name of striving to understand what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. She’s incredibly passionate about Earth’s oceans, preserving the diverse ecosystem and continuing to discover more about the great giver of life- the ocean.
The ocean is vital to humans existence on earth. In the natural cycle of things, the ocean absorbs Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Carbon Dioxide is a part of the natural cycle of the earth, but human created CO2 emissions are greatly adding to the normal cycle of CO2 creation and absorption. As a result, CO2 collects in the atmosphere and obstructs solar heat from escaping back to space. To break this down- solar rays travel from the sun to the earth, and some (not all) basically bounce off the earth back towards space. But, they get stopped by CO2- i.e., heat gets captured in our atmosphere, arguably more than usual because of an increasing abundance of CO2. In the ocean’s effort to absorb more CO2, it’s throwing the ocean off balance and leading to issues like ‘ocean acidification’. The ocean is more acidic than it used to be. I don’t know about you but my stomach is not happy when its more acidic…. need to keep those pH levels balanced in our bodies as well as our ocean!
Oh, and she’s glamorous! Hello?! Science and glamour? Yes please. She was a 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year.
Cheers to Inspiration Sundays! Sylvia inspires me. What inspires you?