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0 Roving Reporter | Skip the Plastic, "June Bag Hero"

For the month of June, we are excited to recognize Dr. Sylvia Earle as a Bag Hero! Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear Dr. Earle speak has no doubt of her passion for the oceans. She warns that the oceans are in crisis, threatened by overfishing and dumping of waste. Still, she remains hopeful that if we act now, we can make changes to save them. Her advice on shopping bags is, “Do your part -- part ways with plastic shopping bags. Every plastic bag not used is one that will not tangle a turtle, choke a whale or clutter a beach.”

For the month of June, we are pleased to recognize a very special Bag Hero, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Dr. Earle's reputation as a marine scientist and spokesperson for the oceans is unparalleled. In this TED talk, she shows us the wonders of the oceans and urges us to protect them:
http://www.ted.com/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans

Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, has been called a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine. She has been the chief scientist of NOAA and is the chair of the Advisory Co"uncil of the Harte Research Institute. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

Previous Bag Heroes include Mary Beth Maxwell, Rae Mooney, Jean Payne, Weldon Lucas, Shelia Rogers, Barbi Leo, Stephanie Martinez, Aislynn Campbell, the team at the Texas Sealife Center, Casey Lain, Jennifer Reid, Daniela Sanchez, Jeff Francis, Lisa James, John Keller, Mayor Nelda Martinez, Ryan Chiasson, Tony Amos and former Mayor Joe Adame.

For more information visit http://skiptheplastic.org or call 361-765-4445.

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