6 February 2009

Oceanographer and conservation activist Sylvia Earle, director of nascent American Friends of the Beagle Project, wins Ted 2009 wish prize

"Hero for the Planet" Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and Explorer in Residence at National Geographic, and an agreed Director of The Beagle Project's nascent "American Friends of..." partner organisation based in Rhode Island (about which more at a future date) has won one of this year's TED Prizes!

From the TEDPrize website: "The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.”

Here is Sylvia’s wish:
"I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — 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."

The Plan: To bring knowledge of our oceans to a wide audience and galvanize support in favor of marine protected areas. We invite a variety of responses from TEDsters in pursuit of this goal.

Possible Responses:
  • Development of technologies that would permit deep sea exploration in order to make the invisible visible
  • Supporting (or organizing) expeditions to explore proposed “hope spots”
  • Helping make the scientific case for a network of MPAs
  • Identifying and exploring candidate MPAs
  • Creating a media campaign in support of MPAs
  • Backing the upcoming Oceans documentary to ensure wide viewership
  • Offering media space/distribution
  • PR and marketing assistance
  • Offered use of a suitable boat or ship for TED@SEA, a “brainstorming expedition” on the oceans
  • Event management
  • Website that highlights the issue and nurtures a network of supporters
  • .…and/or your suggestion of what you could best offer.
More here including how you can offer your own help to make Sylvia's wish a reality! I plan to offer my continued time as a volunteer director for science for The Beagle Project, the aims of which significantly overlap with Sylvia's wish list above. I will also add into the Beagle's scientific agenda the exploration of Sylvia's proposed "hope spots", and maybe one day the new Beagle can host one of Sylvia's TED@SEA "brainstorming expeditions"!

No comments: