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Annual Paul McCarthy Lecture to feature Sylvia Earle

By Staff | Dec 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle will speak on Feb. 7 at the The Community House on Sanibel as part of the SCCF's 2nd Annual Paul McCarthy Lecture.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia “Her Deepness” Earle on Feb. 7 at The Community House during the 2nd Annual Paul McCarthy Lecture.

Along with Jane Goodall, Earle is considered to be one of the most important conservationists of modern time. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for light bites and refreshments, with the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

“I met Sylvia while doing international policy work on fisheries and she truly is a force of nature,” SCCF Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera said. “She’s hands down the most powerful voice for marine conservation of our day. We are very fortunate to have her share her wisdom and insight on Sanibel.”

Earle will share her knowledge and passion for the oceans, as well as her perspective on the future of Southwest Florida’s waterways.

The McCarthy lecture series was conceived by the Boler Family Foundation, which underwrites the speaker fees and expenses as a way to honor Paul McCarthy, founder of Captiva Cruises and an active presence on the islands for years. Feb. 6 would have marked McCarthy’s 68th birthday and those who knew him can attest that he would be ecstatic to have Earle on the islands.

PHOTO PROVIDED Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle will speak on Feb. 7 at the The Community House on Sanibel as part of the SCCF's 2nd Annual Paul McCarthy Lecture.

A National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998, Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 1998, she was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet. Earle also is part ofOcean Elders, a group dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.

Having grown up in Dunedin, Earle is deeply concerned about local coastal waters. One of her most poignant statements is “We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.”

Earle leads Mission Blue to unite a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas. Called “Hope Spots,” they are intended to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services, to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change. Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of the Hope Spots.

Tickets are $20 or $10 for students and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

PHOTO PROVIDED Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle will speak on Feb. 7 at the The Community House on Sanibel as part of the SCCF's 2nd Annual Paul McCarthy Lecture.