WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2014)—National Geographic, in collaboration with La Mer, a renowned luxury skin care brand that supports ocean conservation through its Blue Heart initiative, is publishing a new book this fall that pays tribute to the importance of the ocean. Authored by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, BLUE HOPE: Exploring and Caring for Earth’s Magnificent Ocean (National Geographic Books; 978-1-4262-1395-3; Sept. 9, 2014; hardcover; $35) combines insights from Earle and other ocean advocates like President Bill Clinton and actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah with stunning photographs of beaches, coral reefs and underwater life to inspire readers to recognize and appreciate the ocean’s abundant gifts.
During her 60 years as an oceanographer, Earle has led more than 100 marine expeditions, including the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970. She has also logged more than 7,000 hours underwater and has set a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth.
In BLUE HOPE, Earle, one of the most influential ocean experts of our time, recounts milestones of her legendary career that illustrate her concern for the ocean and its biodiversity, while other ocean advocates add their thoughts about what the marine world means to them.
Organized by themes such as “Why the Ocean Matters,” “The Ocean Is Alive” and “Caring for the Ocean,” each of the book’s seven chapters begins with a captivating quote from Earle followed by an essay about her experiences as an ocean advocate, researcher and scientist.
The epilogue includes a list of Hope Spots, special marine areas that have been identified as critical to the health of the ocean by Earle’s global ocean initiative, Mission Blue.
BLUE HOPE stresses the importance of conserving our planet’s oceans. As Earle writes, “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the ocean, no matter where on Earth you live.”
About Sylvia A. Earle
National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, 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, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and many others. Formerly chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earle is the founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance and chair of the Advisory Council of the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a Ph.D. from Duke University and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
About National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment
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About La Mer
La Mer’s founder, Dr. Max Huber, recognized the value of the living ocean when he pioneered the use of sea kelp in the cream that renewed and restored the look of his skin. In tribute to Huber’s legacy, La Mer is proud to continue its partnership with the National Geographic Society to help improve the health of our oceans.