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Mission Aquarius: This Time the Mission is the Message

By Deb Castellana As Mission Aquarius, a celebration of 50 years under the sea, winds to a close, the Mission Blue team in Florida is filled with hope for the future of Aquarius. Dr. Sylvia Earle, her team of Aquanauts and everyone working to support and highlight the mission pulled together into a cohesive team that has made a clear statement to the world – Aquarius must be saved. Photo: (C) Kip Evans Photography/Mission Blue With One World One Ocean in the lead, a winning group of talented ocean media professionals converged on Key Largo, Florida this week to call attention to the imminent loss of funding for the world’s last remaining undersea laboratory. Utilizing IMAX film, live webcasts from both inside the habitat and from the seabed, social media and mainstream news networks, teams worked 24/7 to highlight both the past achievements of Aquarius, and it’s possibilities for the future.…
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Aquarius Reef Base – In the Heart of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Right now, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Mark Patterson, and the rest of the Mission Aquarius team are joining One World One Ocean to celebrate 50 years of humans inhabiting the seafloor by spending six days doing research and outreach while living in the Aquarius Reef Base laboratory.  Built in 1986 and relocated to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1992, Aquarius has allowed researchers and innovators to understand the decline of coral reefs and develop cancer drugs from sea sponges.…
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Look Who Was Outside Last Night!

A Special Moment from Aquarius By Dr. Sylvia Earle By day this amazing creature lounges on the coral-encrusted framework of Aquarius looking like a big sofa cushion with eyes. Here she is at night, full-alert-predator mode, dining on fish drawn to the lab’s lights, a lioness on the prowl . . . Meanwhile, I was with my 5 manly buddies, savoring a few hours of sleep after our first full day as Conch Reef aquanaut-explorers. If Aquarius goes away, so will the home for the thousands of creatures  who have set up housekeeping here. Gone, too, will be a priceless living laboratory, the only place in the world where scientists, artists, poets and others can live underwater, using the ocean as a laboratory — an enduring muse.…
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Mission Aquarius Training Underway in Key Largo

By Deb Castellana (c) Aquarius Reef Base Training has begun for Dr. Sylvia Earle and her team of aquanauts in Key Largo, Florida in preparation for Mission Aquarius. On Sunday, July 16th, the team will undertake a saturation dive lasting until July 21st to the Aquarius Reef Base, sitting in 63′ of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s the last remaining underwater laboratory in the world, and Mission Blue will be there both to celebrate 50 years of underwater exploration, and also to bring awareness to the looming funding cuts ahead. This may well be the last mission of Aquarius. Since 1993, the Aquarius undersea lab has supported 114 missions, with over 550 peer-reviewed scientific publications produced, numerous educational programs and television pieces.…
Posted in Aquarius Reef Base, DJ Roller, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Hope Spot, Liquid Pictures 3D, Mission Aquarius, mission blue, One World One Ocean |

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Dr. Earle wants YOU to protect the Arctic!

“It isn’t just about polar bears,” says Dr. Sylvia Earle. Although they are the Arctic’s biggest predator and cutest mascot, there is much more at stake in this rich and largely unexplored ecosystem than you’d think.On April 20th, in select theaters, our partner One World One Ocean  will premiere their groundbreaking new IMAX film, “To the Arctic.” To see the trailer of the film, narrated by Meryl Streep, click here. We cannot wait to see it!…
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America’s Cup Joins Dr. Earle & One World One Ocean

SAN FRANCISCO, CA It’s being called the largest media campaign that’s ever focused on protecting the oceans. It includes IMAX movies, a television series and a thousand online videos. And the America’s Cup is very much a part of it, as is Mission Blue. ABC’s Mark Matthews shares with us the environmental message of the worlds’ highest profile yacht race.…
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America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Launch – San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CANovember 18, 2011 Join us for a deeper look into the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project as ocean leaders gather for the official launch in San Diego. To keep their mission to be ‘more than a sport,’ on track, the America’s Cup Event Authority is partnering with some of the leading voices in ocean conservation.  In a recent survey, 70% of adults in America responded that there is nothing wrong with the ocean. These committed ocean advocates and a long list of partners plan to utilize the upcoming America’s Cup events to raise awareness about the harsh realities facing our ocean and to inspire people around the world to make changes in their own lives to turn the tide for the better.…
Posted in America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project, Aquarium of the Bay, Dr. Sylvia Earle, IUCN, mission blue, OceanElders, One World One Ocean, Sailors for the Sea, Scripps Institution of Oceanography |

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Ocean Heroes Meet in California – North to South

Dr. Sylvia Earle Courtesy of One World One Ocean Last week marked the first meeting of OceanElders, a group of global leaders that includes some of the most influential personalities of our time.  Dr. Sylvia Earle was joined in San Francisco by fellow OceanElders Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner, HM Queen Noor, Jackson Browne, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Captain Don Walsh and Neil Young. Launched in August of 2011, the goal of OceanElders is to use its considerable networks and international influence to move ocean conservation to the forefront of the global agenda.  Now, with it’s inaugural meeting last week, OceanElders will move ahead, having identified key issues of concern for the ocean. Healthy Ocean Project Panel Courtesy Jenifer Austin On Friday, November 18th, Dr.…
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White Coke can raises awareness for polar bears

Courtesy of the Huffington PostEdited by Deb Castellana Have you seen the new Coke can yet? Beginning November 1, 1.4 billion of Coke’s famous red cans will be turning white in honor of the world’s polar bears. Coca-Cola announced a special partnership this week with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise money and awareness for the threatened species. Polar bears have long been a part of Coke’s image, and the company felt there was an opportunity to do more for the bears. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, said in a press release. “We want to help the polar bear — a beloved Coca-Cola icon since 1922 — by helping conserve its Arctic habitat.” “That’s why we’re using one of our greatest assets — our flagship brand, Coca-Cola — to raise awareness for this important cause.…
Posted in Arctic, Climate Change, Coca Cola, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Global Warming, One World One Ocean, Polar Bears, WWF |

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