“We’re all sea creatures,” says marine biologist, explorer and author Dr. Sylvia Earle, president and chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance, in this exclusive video chat with Real Leaders Magazine. And protecting the world’s oceans is about more than saving the whales and dolphins—it’s about economic prosperity and the overall health of humankind, too.

Earle is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Time Magazine named her its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. Since her childhood, she has watched the oceans become a “dump site” for humankind’s garbage and has worked to protect special sections—dubbed “Hope Spots”—that are critical to the planet’s health.

Businesses can play a role in defending the oceans while creating jobs and promoting economic development, Earle believes. “The really durable and clever businesses are those that will figure out how best to use these assets,” she says. “Healthy oceans mean healthy people. An unhealthy ocean surely means that we’re in trouble.”

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