Annual Westbrook Lecture at the Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org
“Sustainable Seas: Vision and Reality”
An illustrated presentation by Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Lecture at 1:00pm
Admission is free but registration is appreciated: http://sylviaearlesustainableseas.eventbrite.com/
Once thought to be “too big to fail,” the ocean is now in trouble. Ocean and coastal ecosystems account for some two-thirds of the world’s capital, including half the oxygen we breathe, carbon sinks for climate regulation, storm protection, and food. Dr. Sylvia Earle, dubbed “Her Deepness” by the New York Times, will look at the past, present and future of the ocean. Join us to discuss ways to reverse the decline of our seas, the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, and the actions needed to ensure their future, and ours.
Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, founder of the Deep Search Foundation, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 175 publications and leader of more than 100 underwater expeditions, she is the recipient of more than 100 national and international awards. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and deep sea exploration. She was named Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and was a 2009 winner of the TED Prize.
Dr. Richard B. Westbrook, Trustee of the Wagner Free Institute of Science from 1884 until his death in 1899, established the Westbrook Free Lectureship as a means to encourage open discourse on scientific subjects, especially “disputed questions in science and the theories of Evolution.” Since 1912, when the series began, Westbrook lecturers have included some of the most distinguished scientists and scholars of the past 100 years, among them John Dewey, George Gaylord Simpson, and Margaret Mead.