At MARPHYL®, we feel it is our social commitment to give back to what makes us possible to exist. We have decided to donate 1% of all our sales to Mission Blue, an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.), that with public support protects Hope Spots – special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. With two hope spots under consideration where MARPHYL® Marine Phytoplankton is taken form, it was the perfect organisation to contribute to.
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Mission Blue us led by a legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for several corporate and non-profit organizations. She is called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “First Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 27 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications including 13 books (most recently Blue Hope in 2014), lectured in more than 90 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000 meters depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
“Dr. Earle’s passion extends to the far horizon … She has done pioneering research on algae, probed the ecology of coral reefs, set records for deep diving, tracked marine mammals and lobbied for the creation of marine sanctuaries.”
— The New York Times
Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean—Earth’s blue heart. Some Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), yet less than 4% of the ocean is protected in any way and less than 2% is safeguarded from commercial fishing. Mission Blue is committed to changing this.
My Wish: Protect Our Oceans
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean – and shocking stats about its rapid decline – as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
You can help to save our oceans!
Mission Blue needs your support to save the ocean, one Hope Spot at a time.
A variety of gifts are available for your donation. All proceeds support Hope Spot expeditions and initiatives to protect the planet’s blue heart.
Mission Blue is asking a few of their key partners to rally their friends, family, and networks to support their work. By becoming a fundraiser for Mission Blue, you help them to build a network of Hope Spots large enough to save the blue heart of our planet.
Starting a fundraiser is easy to do, and it’s fun. Mission Blue will even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference.
Even a small donation can make a difference. Through the generous contributions of thousands of people like you, Mission Blue is igniting a global movement to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.
Make a Difference Right Now!
Lower your carbon footprint.
Our greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change and ocean acidification. By driving less and carpooling, flying less, using less electricity, choosing renewable energy (solar power, hybrid vehicles, etc) whenever possible and voting for policymakers who believe in solving climate change, we can all make a big difference for the ocean and all of life on Earth.
Choose not to eat marine wildlife.
Overfishing is another huge issue impacting the ocean. By choosing not to eat seafood, or as Dr. Earle calls it, marine wildlife, we can help by showing fisheries that there’s less demand for their fish supply and we want them to leave the fish, mollusks and other edible marine life in the sea where it belongs. Of course, many people around the world depend on protein from the ocean to survive, and artisanal fisheries are crucial for many coastal populations. But in America and other developed countries, we have more of a choice.
Stop using single-use plastics.
Plastic pollution is clogging up waterways and poisoning marine creatures from sea turtles to fish and seabirds. By carrying a reusable water bottle and avoiding using plastic drinking straws, utensils, etc., we can greatly reduce the amount of plastic thrown into landfills that often release plastics into the ocean.
Use your own special talent to help fight for the ocean.
“Look in the mirror, consider your talents, and think about how you might use them to make a difference. Some have artistic skills, others are good with numbers or have a way with words. Everyone has power to make a difference as an individual, or by joining the company of others who share a common goal. The key is in knowing that what you do matters, including doing nothing!” – Dr. Sylvia Earle
What do you do to help save our oceans? Leave your thoughts and questions below!
Arantza and Benjamin, founders of MARPHYL Marine Phytoplankton