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94 Inspiring Quotes by Sylvia Earle

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Wikipedia Summary for Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Alice Earle (née Reade; born August 30, 1935) is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. She is also part of the group Ocean Elders, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.


close-up photography of building

People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity.

--Sylvia Earle



blue wall

When I first ventured into the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950s, the sea appeared to be a blue infinity too large, too wild to be harmed by anything that people could do.

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long exposure photography of lights

My mother was known as the 'bird lady' of the neighborhood. Anything injured, or any unusual creature somebody found, they would always come to our doorstep.

--Sylvia Earle






bird on pier

We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return.

--Sylvia Earle

gray leaves

For heaven's sake, when you see the enemy attacking, you pick up the pitchfork, and you enlist everybody you see. You don't stand around arguing about who's responsible, or who's going to pay.

--Sylvia Earle


Light blue to dark blue gradient

'Green' issues at last are attracting serious attention, owing to critically important links between the environment and the economy, health, and our security.

--Sylvia Earle

white textile in close up photography

Nothing has prepared sharks, squid, krill and other sea creatures for industrial-scale extraction that destroys entire ecosystems while targeting a few species.

--Sylvia Earle

aerial photography of forest

We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.

--Sylvia Earle

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

Photosynthetic organisms in the sea yield most of the oxygen in the atmosphere, take up and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, shape planetary chemistry, and hold the planet steady.

--Sylvia Earle

pink flower

Everybody can make choices that will make peace with the natural world.

--Sylvia Earle


brown and black butterfly on pink flower

I've spent thousands of hours under water. And even in the deepest dive I have ever made, 2.5 miles (about 4 kilometers) down, I saw trash and other tangible evidence of our presence.

--Sylvia Earle


snowy mountain

If Darwin could get into a submarine and see what I've seen, thousand of feet beneath the ocean, I am just confident that he would be inspired to sit down and start writing all over again.

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three person looking stars and milky way

You should know what is taken out of the ecosystem in order to give you a moment's sustenance.

--Sylvia Earle

stars across the sky view at the desert

The ocean governs the climate and the weather, it is taking care of the temperature and it is shaping the chemistry of our planet.

--Sylvia Earle


green grass field

In the past few decades, Earth's natural systems have endured more pressure than in all preceding human history.

--Sylvia Earle

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

We are blessed with a place that is open to the universe and, despite this, supports this very thin envelope of air we call atmosphere, which holds just the right amount of oxygen for us to breathe.

--Sylvia Earle

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

We've got to alter our fossil fuel dependence and go to other energy sources.

--Sylvia Earle

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

I have come up at the end of a dive, and the boat was not where I left it. I had to take care of a buddy who did panic. But I was confident the boat would come back.

--Sylvia Earle


brown rock formation

My parents moved to Florida when I was 12, and my backyard was the Gulf of Mexico.

--Sylvia Earle

woman jumping near white wall paint

I'm friends with James Cameron. We've spent time together over the years because he is a diver and explorer and in his heart of hearts a biologist. We run into each other at scientific conferences.

--Sylvia Earle


silhouette of trees during nighttime

With care and protection, with safe havens in the ocean, there is still a good chance that we can turn things around.

--Sylvia Earle

woman holding brown umbrella

We have the power to abstain from destructive behavior.

--Sylvia Earle

sunset

Only two percent of the ocean is fully protected right now.

--Sylvia Earle

blue and white abstract painting

If somebody dumps something noxious in my back yard, the dumper is the last one I would call on to repair the damage.

--Sylvia Earle

blue and white abstract painting

Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative -- don't wait for someone else to ask you to act.

--Sylvia Earle


white flowers

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.

--Sylvia Earle

Longer Version:

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.


crack in wall

What we put into the atmosphere in terms of burning fuel is unprecedented.

--Sylvia Earle


body of water during daytime

The ocean is our life support system. No blue, no green. It's really a miracle that we have got a place that works in our favor.

--Sylvia Earle


yellow sunflower in close up photography

I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it.

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The Arctic is an ocean. The southern pole is a continent surrounded by ocean. The North Pole is an ocean, or northern waters. It's an ocean surrounded by land, basically.

--Sylvia Earle


Arizona landscape

Ice ages have come and gone. Coral reefs have persisted.

--Sylvia Earle

shoreline during golden hour

If the sea is sick, we'll feel it. If it dies, we die. Our future and the state of the oceans are one.

--Sylvia Earle

aerial photo of green trees

Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home.

--Sylvia Earle

man standing on cliff under white sky

Many of us ask what can I, as one person, do, but history shows us that everything good and bad starts because somebody does something or does not do something.

--Sylvia Earle

Longer Version:

Many of us ask what can I, as one person, do, but history shows us that everything good and bad starts because somebody does something or does not do something,.





blue sky

The observations that have developed over the years have given us perspective about where we fit in. We are newcomers, really recent arrivals on a planet that is four and a half billion years old.

--Sylvia Earle

person on road at sunset

Eating wildlife is probably not the smartest thing that we can do in terms of maintaining the integrity of natural systems.

--Sylvia Earle

green leafed plants on forest

It's taken us a short time to change the nature of nature. In my lifetime, more change than during all preceding human history put together.

--Sylvia Earle

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

I am not in any hurry to grow up.

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With respect to the ocean being the heart of our blue planet: We are often asked, 'How much protection is enough?' We can only answer with another question: How much of your heart is worth protecting?

--Sylvia Earle

black and gray floral textile

Childcare is a huge issue for young women whose work may require them to leave their families for weeks at a time.

--Sylvia Earle

sunset

I find the lure of the unknown irresistible.

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Nearly all of the major kinds of life, divisions of life, phyla of animals, occur in the sea. Only about half of them can make it to land or freshwater.

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It's baffling why the issues relating to climate change -- which have far more obvious and tangible and much more clear-cut evidence about the cause -- have been slower for people to accept as a given.

--Sylvia Earle


focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature.

--Sylvia Earle

white wooden dock on white sand

The oxygen cycle, the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle, the water cycle -- all of these are linked to the existence of life in the sea.

--Sylvia Earle

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

It is not too late to turn things around.

--Sylvia Earle

white tulips with green leaves

Forty percent of the United States drains into the Mississippi. It's agriculture. It's golf courses. It's domestic runoff from our lawns and roads. Ultimately, where does it go? Downstream into the gulf.

--Sylvia Earle

pug lying on pet bed

Life in the ocean makes Earth hospitable. We are sailing along in the universe and we have a blue engine that is making everything alright.

--Sylvia Earle

calm ocean

It's a fact of life that there will be oil spills, as long as oil is moved from place to place, but we must have provisions to deal with them, and a capability that is commensurate with the size of the oil shipments.

--Sylvia Earle

boat docked near house

No water, no life. No blue, no green.

--Sylvia Earle

clear wine glass with red wine

I suggest to everyone: Look in the mirror. Ask yourself: Who are you? What are your talents? Use them, and do what you love.

--Sylvia Earle

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Like a shipwreck or a jetty, almost anything that forms a structure in the ocean, whether it is natural or artificial over time, collects life.

--Sylvia Earle

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

Since the middle of the 20th century, more has been learnt about the ocean than during all preceding human history; at the same time, more has been lost.

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mixed paints in a plate

Everyone has power. But it doesn't help if you don't use it.

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pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care about it.

--Sylvia Earle

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Protecting vital sources of renewal -- unscathed marshes, healthy reefs, and deep-sea gardens -- will provide hope for the future of the Gulf, and for all of us.

--Sylvia Earle



green grass field

America gains most when individuals have great freedom to pursue personal goals without undue government interference.

--Sylvia Earle



snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

I actually love diving at night; you see a lot of fish then that you don't see in the daytime.

--Sylvia Earle

pink-petaled rose flower

What we once used as weapons of war, we now use as weapons against fish.

--Sylvia Earle

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