Life on a Pale Blue Dot

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Lindbergh Fellow for Aerospace History, Smithsonian Institute; NOAA administrator (ret.) and NASA astronaut (ret.)

From the view on the ground, water management often appears irrevocably entangled in webs of political and bureaucratic complexity. From an orbital viewpoint, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan challenges perceptions of these problems with a re-assertion of the bounty of Earth’s water – albeit, tempered by an awareness of the globe’s vulnerability to human misuse and abuse. Inspired by the planet’s sublime beauty, Sullivan advocates increased scientific education of the globe’s youth population to cultivate pro-water values.