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Sylvia Earle quotes

Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.

The most important thing for people to know about the governance of the Arctic is that we have a chance now to act to maintain the integrity of the system or to lose it. To lose it means that we will dismember the vital systems that make the Arctic work. It's not just a cost to the people who live there. It's a cost to all people everywhere.

There are some who would like to see the oil rigs removed right down to the ground once their job is done, and there are others, and I count myself among them, who think that once they are in place they begin to be adopted by life in the ocean as a habitat.

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.

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.

I love music of all kinds, but there's no greater music than the sound of my grandchildren laughing; my kids, too.

America gains most when individuals have great freedom to pursue personal goals without undue government interference.

Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home.

Humans are the only creatures with the ability to dive deep in the sea, fly high in the sky, send instant messages around the globe, reflect on the past, assess the present and imagine the future.

All through college, I had frequently been the only girl in a science class - which wasn't such a bad deal.

Everyone has power. But it doesn't help if you don't use it.

Health to the ocean means health for us.

I actually love diving at night; you see a lot of fish then that you don't see in the daytime.

I am not in any hurry to grow up.

I find the lure of the unknown irresistible.

I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it.

I personally have stopped eating seafood.

I've always said, 'Underwater or on top, men and women are compatible.'

I've had the joy of spending thousands of hours under the sea. I wish I could take people along to see what I see, and to know what I know.

Ice ages have come and gone. Coral reefs have persisted.