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Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

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On June 17, 2014, US president Obama pledged support to create 700,000 square miles of new Pacific Ocean “hope spots” — no-fish, no-drill zones to help the ocean recover. As Sylvia Earle asked in her 2009 TED Prize wish:

I wish that you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect?

31 days underwater: A TED Prize winner dives deep to visit Fabien Cousteau as he aims to beat his grandfather’s record

31 days underwater: A TED Prize winner dives deep to visit Fabien Cousteau as he aims to beat his grandfather’s record

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Sylvia Earle is always on a mission. She launched the ocean conservation campaign Mission Blue in 2010 after winning the TED Prize, establishing protected marine “hope spots” around the world. And last weekend, Earle dove 63 feet beneath the ocean’s surface to visit Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, on his Mission 31. Earle, []

Learn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruy

Learn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruy

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On February 4, 2012, ocean filmmaker and educator Mike deGruy was killed in a helicopter crash while on assignment in Australia, along with pilot and filmmaker Andrew Wright. DeGruy (pronounced “degree”) was an Emmy-winning science documentarian and a mainstay of Shark Week; he also worked on James Cameron documentaries about the Titanic and Bismarck and []

Save the ocean, refuse plastics: Dianna Cohen for World Oceans Day

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By the end of Mission Blue Voyage, most of the attendees and speakers were sporting cool glass necklaces, a gift from Dianna Cohen, second from left, and the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC). (From left, above, you can see filmmaker Mike deGruy, Dianna Cohen, speaker John Delaney, and the legendary Sylvia Earle, all wearing their glass []

Chevy and Jayni Chase: How you can help the oceans

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Aside from being a comedian and legend, Chevy Chase is a longtime activist for the environment. (It helps that he’s married to Jayni Chase, the founder of the Center for Environmental Education.) Together, Chevy and Jayni wrote this editorial for World Oceans Day, based around their experiences on Mission Blue Voyage, the boat trip inspired []

Revealing the ocean's glory — and horror: Brian Skerry on TED.com

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Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves — as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change. (Recorded on the Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 on the National Geographic Endeavor, the Galápagos []