The Netflix Movie You Need to Watch Tonight: Mission Blue
Dr. Sylvia Earle is National Geographic’s “explorer-in-residence,” and she’s spent over 7,000 hours underwater (for reference, a year is a little over 8700 hours long). Now 78 years old, the scientist has seen the aquatic world degrade over the past decades.
In 2009, she was granted a TED prize wish, and with the organization’s help, she launched Mission Blue, aiming to protect our oceans. “I wish you would use all means at your disposal—films! expeditions! the web! new submarines! — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet,” Dr. Earle said. TED helped her plan a conference to draw attention to her wish, and over $17 million was donated to seven ocean conservation initiatives. Today there are 51 Hope Spots around the world, though they still protect only three percent of the ocean’s whole.
Dr. Earle’s latest Mission Blue endeavor is a Netflix film of the same name, directed by Fisher Stevens (Oscar-winning producer of “The Cove”) and Robert Nixon, a conservationist filmmaker. The film is both a look back at Earle’s remarkable career and a plea to protect our planet. “The ocean is dying,” Earle says bluntly. Her film has garnered attention from Leonardo DiCaprio, who has hosted screenings and scuba dived with Earle in past. The actor and environmentalist calls her "an inspiration."
It is goosebump-inducing to be reminded of an issue we’ve confronted but probably ignored, and empowering to be reminded that we all have resources to contribute to Mission Blue, whether it’s a donation, a retweet, or a conscious walk on the beach. See for yourself: