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    With care and protection, with safe havens in the ocean, there is still a good chance that we can turn things around.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: chance  ocean  care  protection 
     
    I hope that someday we will find evidence that there is intelligent life among humans on this planet.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: hope 
     
    Great attention gets paid to rainforests because of the diversity of life there. Diversity in the oceans is even greater.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: ocean  attention 
     
    We must protect our ocean as if our lives depend upon it, because they do.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: live  ocean 
     
    Everyone has power. But it doesn't help if you don't use it.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: power  help 
     
    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
    I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: world 
     
    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
    Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: chance  existence  ocean  water 
     
    Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: time  ocean 
     
    Scientists never stop asking. They're little kids who never grew up.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: kids  scientist 
     
    I find the lure of the unknown irresistible.
    — Sylvia Earle
    Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks.
    — Sylvia Earle
    Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: ocean  ignorance 
     
    No water, no life. No blue, no green.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: water 
     
    Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they've spent time in and around the ocean, and they've personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet's blue heart.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: beauty  time  heart  ocean 
     
    The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care about it.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: respect  ocean  care 
     
    Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: future  past  present 
     
    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
    tags: live  earth  water 
     
    We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: live  respect  ocean  care 
     
    Humans have always wondered the big questions, "Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going?" It's part of human nature. It's perhaps the underpinnings of religion.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: nature  human  questions 
     
    Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There's still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: time 
     
    Use your power to do whatever it takes to secure for humankind an enduring place on this little blue speck in the universe - our only hope.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: power  universe  hope 
     
    The value of sharks' lives is now widely understood to be more important than their value as products. And when you have sharks in an area, it's a sign of good health. They're top predators, which means they feed on old, sick, and slower fish, keeping an entire population healthy.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: health  live  value  healthy 
     
    Our job is to keep what is working intact and not destroy what we have got.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: job 
     
    When I arrived on the planet, there were only two billion. Wildlife was more abundant, we were less so; now the situation is reversed.
    — Sylvia Earle
    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
    tags: time  ocean 
     
    The living ocean drives planetary chemistry, governs climate and weather, and otherwise provides the cornerstone of the life-support system for all creatures on our planet, from deep-sea starfish to desert sagebrush. That's why the ocean matters. 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
    tags: living  future  ocean  die 
     
    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.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: time  human  lost  ocean 
     
    Rather than be afraid of evolution and try to stifle inquiry, people should revel in the joys of knowing and find a serenity and a joy in being a part the rest of life on Earth. Not apart from it, but a part of it.
    — Sylvia Earle
    We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: ocean 
     
    Places change over time with or without oil spills, but humans are responsible for the Deepwater Horizon gusher - and humans, as well as the corals, fish and other creatures, are suffering the consequences.
    — Sylvia Earle
    We've got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: nature  respect  wild  year 
     
    We're still under the weight of this impression that the ocean is too big to fail, that the planet is too big to fail.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: ocean  fail 
     
    We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: nature 
     
    I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: health  help  wild  ocean  hope 
     
    If I seem like a radical it's because I have seen things that others have not.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: radical 
     
    We still have 10 percent of the sharks. We still have half of the coral reefs. However, if we wait another 50 years, opportunities might well be gone.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: gone  opportunities  year 
     
    I want everybody to go jump in the ocean to see for themselves how beautiful it is, how important it is to get acquainted with fish swimming in the ocean, rather than just swimming with lemon slices and butter.
    — Sylvia Earle
    tags: beautiful  ocean 
     
    It doesn't matter where on Earth you live, everyone is utterly dependent on the existence of that lovely, living saltwater soup. There's plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.
    — Sylvia Earle
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