[From Amazon biography] National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations. As "ambassador at large for the world's oceans," the world would do well to heed her advice and direction.
I read this book last summer. I basically grew up on Lake Ontario but now, in middle age, have begun to realize my relative ignorance about something so monumentally important yet so local and knowable. A sobering, yet hopeful read.
I am constantly yearning to teach my 8-year old twins something of the natural world whenever we're out in a park, a field, a forest or on some beach or body of water. We can better enjoy - and respect - our environment the more we understand it. Close observation and attentiveness. These are worthy things.