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THE WINNER

Sylvia Earle

YEAR WON

2009

THE WISH

Mission Blue

“I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! new submarines! — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”


THE PLAN

Bring knowledge of our oceans to a wide audience and galvanize support for marine protected areas. Invite a variety of responses from TEDsters in pursuit of this goal.


PHOTOS ON FLICKR

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CURRENT STATUS

In April 2010, Mission Blue, a five-day TED conference to draw public attention to ocean protection, took place on Lindblad’s National Geographic Endeavor in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Over $17 million was commited to seven ocean conservation intiatives. With support of the Planet Heritage Foundation, Razorfish, National Geographic, IUCN and Google Earth, Mission-Blue.org/ was launched to create public awareness, access and support for marine protected areas worldwide.


THINGS YOU CAN DO

  1. Ignite support for Sylvia's wish and join the Mission Blue online community:
    Mission Blue on Facebook »
    Mission Blue on Twitter »
  2. Support a Mission Blue Hope Spot expedition or help us build and deploy 1000m and 11,000 meter subs to explore and care for the high seas/deep sea.
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SYLVIA'S BIO

Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She's led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she's been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them. More about Sylvia »