Wednesday, September 14 – Sustainable Seas: The Vision and the Reality
Ever go to the beach and wonder what’s in the water? Like, what’s really in the vast expanse of ocean that shouldn’t be there, like diesel fuels and petroleum, and what’s not there that should be, like an infinite number of fishes and whales and a thriving ecosystem. Despite their seeming boundlessness, even our oceans have their limits – no body of water can withstand chronic pollution, overfishing and drilling forever. Renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle – called “Her Deepness” by The New York Times – knows this, and she’s dedicated the better part of her life to encouraging the international community to, well, give a damn about the future of the world’s seas. Earle, who made her first dive in 1952 at the age of 16 in the Weeki Wachee River, is the former chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a current explorer-in-residence at National Geographic. She’s been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, and she’s going to be right here in Winter Park to talk about her vision for a future in which people do actually think about what’s in the water. – Erin Sullivan (7-8:30 p.m. at Bush Science Center, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-691-1995; rollins.edu/wpi)
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