Oceanographer Sylvia Earle in conversation with Lucy Siegle

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As part of our Times Earth event series, hear legendary Oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she joins Lucy Siegle to discuss her life's work and discusses her latest book National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey.

Long recognized as one of the world's top experts on ocean science and conservation, Sylvia Earle is the president and chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance, a National Geographic Explorer at Large, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Called "Her Deepness" by The New Yorker and the New York Times, and a "First Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, she is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and field scientist.

 In 1970, told she could not join a crew of men testing an undersea laboratory, she helped recruit and lead an all-woman team of scientists to live underwater for two weeks of research. A passionate advocate on behalf of the ocean, she continues to cross boundaries, pioneer exploration and inspire protection for wildlife and wild places.

With a special focus on new discoveries in the deepest reaches of the ocean, Dr. Earle’s book National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey reveals wonders that few have witnessed before and broadens our understanding of this essential realm of life on Earth. National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey offers a comprehensive overview of the fundamental science of the ocean. From the fundamental importance of the ocean in shaping Earth's climate and chemistry to its vital role in supporting a multitude of life-forms, including our own human race. 

Lucy Siegle is an independent writer and journalist specialising in communicating earth science and environmental stories and ethical consumerism. She has spent over a decade investigating the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry. Her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World, has become known as the essential primer on the footprint of the fashion industry. It was also the basis for hit Netflix documentary, The True Cost, in which Siegle appears and is credited as co-executive producer. In 2014 she co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth, a marketing and awareness raising programme to bring top design houses closer to sustainable fashion principles. As a reporter and presenter on BBC1’s The One Show she has been reporting on the problem of single use plastic and in January, 2018 she began hosting a weekly segment dedicated to turning the tide on plastic and published a book with the same title: Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again.

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Image credit: Sylvia Earle passes a barrel sponge as she explores outside Aquarius laboratory. (Kip EvansPhotography)

Image credit: Lucy Siegle headshot Zoe Law photography