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In March 2018, Brazil listened to one of the most respected environmental speakers. American marine biologist Sylvia Earle, 82, came here to launch her book The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One,”, published by Editora SESI-SP. She also took the opportunity to support the campaign to create protected marine areas. During the book launching ceremony, she spoke to the business community and environmentalists at the Fiesp auditorium in São Paulo, and her speech reverberated.

“It’s late, but there’s still time. Time that calls for a new awareness, new behaviors and political measures that protect oceans and marine life,” said Sylvia, who was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 1989, she received the title of “Her Deepness” from The New Yorker.

The idea that the ocean is an endless source of natural resources and energy is more than outdated and literally gone down the drain. For all this, she relentlessly travels the world with the mission of making alerts that can save the planet’s life. With over 7 thousand hours of diving time, collaborating to the National Geographic and 150 other scientific publications and countless books, Sylvia is an inspiration and a guide for the future.

According to her, it’s time to recover the health of the ocean and of humanity. The deep blue scenario of the most beautiful and visited beaches are, in fact, hiding a long story of negligence and destruction. Today, the statistics are scary: roughly half of the coral reefs on the planet have disappeared and almost 90% of the big fish have become extinct due to reckless fishing.

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By Lila Guimarães / Donato Viagens
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