Target: Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle
Goal: Commend activist Syvlia Earle for her dedication to ocean preservation
Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and ocean activist, was recently named “Explorer of the Year,” and has received a lifetime achievement award from Glamour magazine. Earle is being recognized for her passionate career of dedicating her life to the oceans and their future. Earle’s passion is protecting the oceans from overfishing and environmental damage. She understands that human beings, as well as the unique and wonderful creatures who make it their home, are reliant on the ocean and is intent on preserving it.
Earle has been very active in her field for decades. In the 1970’s she led the first group of women who lived in an underwater habitat to perform marine science research. Earle and her fellow woman biologists faced many barriers when trying to enter the traditionally male field of ocean research. When Earle applied for a job like the underwater habitat research, the position was more often than not designed for a man. Earle never let gender politics stifle her flame or guide her passion. She defied the sexist system and, because of this, made monumental achievements in her field during a time when women were discouraged from doing so.
In her career field, Earle has worn many hats. She is a former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, she is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and she has received a Hubbard Medal, the highest award given by the National Geographic Society. Earle’s life is inspiring, selfless and extremely influential. By signing this petition you applaud and thank Earle for her life of service to the oceans.
Dear Ms. Earle,
Congratulations on being named “Explorer of the Year.” Your career is full of monumental research and ocean activism. Not to mention, you are an inspiration for women who are constantly told that they cannot follow their dreams or cannot make a difference because of their gender. You have defied sexist stereotypes for the majority of your career. I am writing to thank you for all that you have done.
Without you, ocean activism and preservation may not be where it is today. Thank you for never taking ‘no’ for an answer and for following your aspirations no matter the setbacks. You are truly one in a million.
It is my hope that you continue to receive much-deserved recognition for your life of work. Thank you for preserving the oceans for generations to come.
[Your Name Here]
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