It Changed My Life: We can't wait another 50 years to save our oceans, says marine biologist Sylvia Earle

Dr Sylvia Earle, who has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades, has also spent much of that time making history and breaking records.
Dr Sylvia Earle, who has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades, has also spent much of that time making history and breaking records.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Dr Sylvia Earle's love affair with the ocean started when she was three years old, Now 84, she is working on the third atlas of the oceans, still globetrotting, inspiring people to save the planet, and diving.
Dr Sylvia Earle's love affair with the ocean started when she was three years old, Now 84, she is working on the third atlas of the oceans, still globetrotting, inspiring people to save the planet, and diving.PHOTO: ROLEX

Scientist highlights urgency of doing the right thing to save the world now, before it's too late

For a long time, oceanographer Sylvia Earle felt like Cassandra, a princess from Greek mythology.

Also known as Alexandra, Cassandra was the beautiful daughter of Priam, king of Troy, and Hecuba, his wife. Cassandra caught the fancy of the god Apollo who gave her the gift of prophecy. But when she rejected his amorous advances, he cursed her with the fate of never being believed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline ''We can't wait another 50 years''. Print Edition | Subscribe