Fresh off the festival circuit and available for your Netflix queue is Mission Blue, an documentary about marine sanctuaries and one of their champions, Sylvia Earle (H/T Science Friday). Earle is a leading explorer in oceanography, having studied the oceans since the 1950s. Her latest effort is the Mission Blue of the title, an organization focused on establishing and expanding protected marine spaces around the world. By telling her story, the film documents how human impacts on the ocean have unfolded in her decades of ocean exploration. Here’s the trailer:
As Earle notes in her Science Friday segment, the United States has taken steps to establish and expand quite large tracts of marine reserves over the last several years (starting with President George W. Bush). Mission Blue has identified several dozen spots around the globe that should receive comparable protection (though some of them already have protection).