Called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and fondly referred to as “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, Sylvia Earle is an American born icon and has been at the global forefront of deep sea exploration for the past four decades.
Apart from being an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, founder of numerous research foundations and chairperson of the Advisory Council for the Ocean in Google Earth, Earle is also the patron of Grahamstown based charity, the Sustainable Seas Trust. One of the reasons why this ambassador for our seas will be visiting South Africa in April this year
From April 14 to May 9, the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), will be making waves at 15 coastal South Africa towns, all in the name of our oceans. Partnering with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour will focus on education, poverty alleviation and marine conservation as the SST runs beach activities for the public and educates mayors and public figures about the importance of sustainable seaside living.
Earle will be officially launching the tour from the Nedbank Clock Tower building at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town on April 15, where she will be joined by either Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, or Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille. Prior to this, she will be involved in tour activities in Simonstown in April 14.
Earle will then be receiving her 16th honorary degree from the Port Elizabeth based Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, after which her travel arrangements still need to be confirmed.