The Big Idea

The Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 provides an historic opportunity to launch a decadal effort to bring America’s “best idea” to where it is most urgently needed now — our ocean.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

Sea of Hope
SEA OF HOPE follows iconic ocean explorer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned underwater photographer Brian Skerry, author and captain Max Kennedy and their unlikely crew of teenage aquanauts on a year-long quest to secure their future. Deploying science and photography, they hope to inspire the creation
of blue parks across an unseen and imperiled American wilderness.

The team travels from sea to shining sea using everything from a simple mask and flippers to submarines to
explore astonishing and essential underwater ecosystems. Breathtaking cinematography captures close
encounters with dolphins, whale sharks, several new species and the struggle to protect life in the oceans. The
expedition culminates with a Presidential encounter on Midway Atoll as Obama creates the largest protected
area on earth. Will this be a turning point in our war against nature?