[Coral-List] Centennial Anniversary of Jacques Yves Cousteau

Phillip Dustan dustanp at cofc.edu
Fri Jun 11 06:06:01 EDT 2010

Dear Listers,
Today marks the 100^th anniversary of the birth of Jacques Yves 
Cousteau. Above all, he taught us that the oceans are alive and he 
connected us with our ancestral evolutionary relationship with the sea. 
He was a friend, mentor, and hero to many of us who knew him, donned his 
marvelous invention to explore the silent world, or became transfixed 
watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

He founded the Cousteau Society because he knew change had to occur 
through politics. JYC saw the looming environmental crisis driven by 
overpopulation and would say that the most important thing is for 
civilization to get through the next 50 years with all of its knowledge 
intact. He responded by petitioning for the Rights of Future Generations 
and focusing much of his energies in later life on children.

And now, with the Biosphere in a deepening crisis we need his spirit 
more that ever. So let’s honor his legacy by redoubling our efforts to 
work towards a sustainable future to save our water planet. We know 
what’s wrong, we know how to fix it, but we still lack the political 
will to get the job done.

C’est la vie Scientifique

Phil Dustan

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