On a dark ocean background, a woman dressed in full scuba gear is swimming with her hand reaching up. The glass of her mask is bright against the dark.

What Makes a Hero?

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the small steps that add up to make a hero.

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a hero.

Take a look at the Netflix Trailer for her movie Mission Blue. You will get a glimpse of her unrelenting quest to preserve what is being lost. There are too many examples to cite... She worked with a team of women and lived underwater in Tektite II for two weeks in the 1970’s when women were seen as “incapable” as scientists. She built companies which developed submarines and technologies to dive deep without having to decompress for days. She resigned from the position of Chief Scientist at NOAA because they wouldn’t allow her to speak up when bluefin tuna was being fished to 10% of its original numbers (They called her Sturgeon General). She partnered with Google Earth to map the oceans (They did a double-take when she said it should be called “Google Dirt” hahahahahah). 20,000 specimens of marine algae she collected reside in the Smithsonian Institution as hard evidence of changing ecosystems. She has been working with countries to develop “Hope Spots”. She has done Ted Talks. She called out the World Bank with a photo of planet earth and said “This is the World Bank”. She is fearless and observant and brilliant.

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