A Letter From Dr. Sylvia Earle
August 30, 2021
August 30th, 2021
This year, so far, has been a bright one. We have launched nine Hope Spots with many more on the horizon. These are deeply ecologically important places between the sharky shores of Mozambique to magnificent Fish Rock in Eastern Australia. I am so thrilled that each of them is Championed by passionate ocean stewards whom I am honored to call members of our community.
I recently returned from Portugal’s Azores Archipelago, where we celebrated the launch of the new Hope Spot and the Azores’ local government’s commitment to protecting 15% of its waters. What a relief after much perceived doom and gloom around us to celebrate the dedication to ocean protection in such a special marine ecosystem. Azores is a magical place – it’s right out in the middle of the ocean that acts like a magnet for life. Azores used to be a place where whales were hunted. Now, they’re being honored with sustainable ecotourism.
Today is my birthday. I am happy that this year has been one of progress and of hope. More people now than ever before have woken up and accepted the duty to safeguard the ocean and mitigate climate change. One fin in front of the other, as they say. My wish this year, and every year, is that Hope Spots like these continue to inspire every single person to find a blue pocket they love that drives them to protect the ocean. With no blue, there’s no green. No us, either.
I want to offer a special thank you to our supporters who allow us to continue this work, who have helped us launch more than 135 Hope Spots and touch more than a million people around the world. We can’t do it without each and every one of you. We’re in this together – for the ocean and for all life on Earth. Our work continues with you on our side.
Dr. Sylvia Earle