The Future of Our Oceans

2019 Visiting SAGE:

Dr. Sylvia Earle & The Oceans Expo

Sunday, May 19

Oceans Expo at 2:30; Main event at 4pm

Location: PSU Viking Pavilion, Portland

Global oceans champion, Dr. Sylvia Earle, spoke in Portland about the future of our oceans as the 2019 Visiting SAGE. Popularly called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, she is an inspiration to millions as a hero for the planet.

About the event

Dr. Sylvia Earle spoke about the world’s oceans as the source of all life, why they’re in peril from pollution, over-use and climate change, and how we can be a part of an all-out effort to save them. She was joined by young leaders with a hope-inspiring message: together, we can restore the blue heart of our planet.

At the event, guests also enjoyed our Oceans Expo with live music and exhibits featuring marine conservation, research and volunteer opportunities.

Co-Presented by:

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Hero for the Planet

Dr. Sylvia Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. She has received 27 honorary doctorates, has authored more than 200 publications and led more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and the development of technology for deep sea access.

Dr. Earle is the subject of the Emmy® Award Winning Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, and is the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards. This includes being named Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” a“Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, 2014 UNEP “Champion of the Earth,”Glamour Magazine’s 2014 “Woman of the Year,”member of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal.

“With every breath we take, every drop of water we drink, we are dependent on the existence of Earth’s living ocean.”

Sylvia Earle, Ocean Advocate


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Meet the Presenters:

SAGE is a Portland-based nonprofit organization working to advance generational equity – the principle that each generation should improve the quality of life for the next. SAGE inspires older adults to engage in causes that benefit younger and future generations. Each year, SAGE hosts renowned authors and leaders as part of its Visiting SAGE speaker series, including Nicholas Kristof, Robert Putnam, Paul Hawken and Van Jones. SAGE has partnered with 35 businesses and nonprofit organizations to put on these events. As the co-host of the 2019 Visiting SAGE event, SAGE will highlight the importance of working across generations to protect our oceans.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, located in Newport celebrated its 25th year as a nonprofit organization. It has provided a living classroom to 15 million visitors, and is a vital educational resource for the state. The Aquarium teaches ocean literacy and brings marine science to 36,000 students in 125 schools throughout the Northwest. As co-hosts of this event, SAGE and the Aquarium seek to elevate the importance of global conservation and science education efforts. The Aquarium seeks to inspire ocean conservation and anticipates going public on a capital campaign to enhance education programs, improve facilities and build a marine wildlife rehab center. Learn more at