16 April 2013

A visit from ‘Her Deepness’– Dr Sylvia Earle!

Stuart Buchanan

sylvia earle, two oceans aquarium, hanli prinsloo, cape town, south africa
Hanli Prinsloo and Dr Sylvia Earle at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo by Stuart Buchanan
The Two Oceans Aquarium was honoured to welcome Dr Sylvia Earle to the Aquarium on 15 April 2013.

The legendary oceanographer, diver, author, lecturer and patron of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) was in town to launch SST’s Sea Pledge Tour, from Saldanha to Sodwana. The tour aims to encourage education and outreach for the benefit of our oceans, and kicked off in Cape Town on 15 April 2013 with a talk from Dr Earle on “Sustainable seas: the vision, the reality”.

Dr Earle, along with SST trustee Dr Ben Ngubane and South African free diver and founder of the I Am Water Trust Hanli Prinsloo, enjoyed a lunch with Aquarium staff members, before being taken on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium.

We caught up with her to ask her what she thought of the Two Oceans Aquarium. With an audience of round moonies over her shoulder, here’s what she had to say:


And it was high praise, coming from the one of the most prominent oceanographers of recent times, a person who Time magazine once named the first “Hero for the Planet”.

She is an inspiration to many of the staff at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The quote below is just one of the many reasons why:

“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. Ninety-seven percent 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.”

Thanks once again to Dr Earle and everyone else at STT for making yesterday’s visit possible.

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