Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Honored as Environmental Champion

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s 2018 Benefit Gala, Feb 5. 2018


Called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and The New York Times, a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and a “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine, Dr. Sylvia Earle is a world-renowned oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.  Dr. Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She has led more than 70 expeditions worldwide, logging more than 6,500 hours underwater. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. She has been an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998.

Dr. Earle was awarded the 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas, called “hope spots.” Her lifelong mission to save our oceans was profiled in the film, “Mission Blue.” She presented the Washington, DC premiere of this film for DC school children and adults at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival and previewed it as a work-in-progress during the 2011 Festival. “Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures,” follows her quest to establish Blue Parks in the ocean to protect the natural systems that keep humans alive and was screened at the 2017 Festival. Dr. Earle also spoke about the threat of ocean acidification following the screening of “Acid Test” at the 2010 EFF and a first-person essay by Dr. Earle was featured in Hal and Marilyn Weiner’s film “The State of the Planet’s Oceans,” screened as part of the 2009 Festival’s Ocean theme.