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Listen: Exclusive podcast with Dr Sylvia Earle for Ocean Talks 2022

8 June 2022 • Written by Sophia Wilson

Ocean Talks 2022 has got underway with an interview with legendary marine biologist, explorer and ocean advocate Dr Sylvia Earle. The podcast interview is the opening to a three-day digital programme, held in association with the Ocean Family Foundation (OFF), that aims to bring together those who feel a deep connection to the ocean and the need to protect it. 

Released to coincide with World Ocean’s Day the podcast can now be listened to in full through Apple podcasts or Spotify.

Referred to as “Her Deepness” Dr Earle has spent more than 7,000 hours underwater. Dr Earle is National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and holds the record for the deepest walk on the seafloor. She was also the first woman to lead the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sylvia Earle is a passionate campaigner for ocean health

A passionate campaigner for ocean health throughout her career Dr Earle has authored more than 200 publications and lectured in more than 80 countries about the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. She is also the president and chairman of Mission Blue, which is aiming to develop a global network of “Hope Spots,” to protect biodiversity.

During the interview with BOAT’s digital content director, she discusses why this generation is armed with the knowledge to change the current crisis facing the world’s oceans. She also shares her views on how the yachting fraternity has a pivotal role to play in ocean conservation.

“Everyone does have power, we do have a choice,” says Dr Earle. “This is a time like never before where we can have a magnified impact before we get to that point where no matter what we do nothing will alter the runaway path of climate change.”

The full interview is now available and you can find the Ocean Talks programme, which includes an exclusive live auction, here.