The ocean, far from being a bunch of water and rocks, is a living being – and THE life support system for humanity. In “Living Blue,” Krista talks with acclaimed oceanographer Sylvia Earle about the beauty, mystery, and peril that faces the planet and our oceans. Earle is known affectionately by her fellow scientists as “Her Deepness,” a nickname she earned in 1979. That year, she became the first – and still the only – person to walk solo on the bottom of the world, on the ocean floor, under a quarter mile of water, 600 pounds of pressure per square inch. She’s watched humanity’s enduring fascination with “outer space”; while she has delighted in “inner space” – the alien and increasingly endangered worlds beneath earth’s waters. These frontiers, as Sylvia Earle points out, are our very life support system. She takes us inside the knowledge she’s gathered there in her 76 years.
Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and botanist, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the course of her career, she has led more than 100 expeditions, and logged thousands of hours underwater. She is the author of The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One, and Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans