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July 27, 2011

Oceans expert and environmental advocate Fabien Cousteau opens Camosun College's exciting 2011 Insight Speaker Series, March 15 at the McPherson Playhouse.

Growing up on the salt-stained decks of his famous grandfather's ships, Calypso and Alcyone, Fabien Cousteau was destined to follow in the family footsteps of exploring and tirelessly working to protect our planet's immense and endangered marine environments.

Cousteau's presentation "One Water, One People," takes audiences on a journey through these habitats and offers some of his innovative ideas to combating global environmental challenges.

Diving since age four, Cousteau has an unwavering appreciation for the wonder, beauty, and importance of our aquatic ecosystems to sustaining life on Earth. From his vast field experience, coupled with his degree in environmental economics from Boston University, he has a deeply-rooted belief that "environmental discipline" can lead to solutions creating a balance between environmental problems and the realities of the business world.

He says a perfect example of this can be found in South Africa's eco-tourism industry. Great White sharks there are now revered and appreciated largely due to the fact that the Indigenous population has found greater economic interest in preserving these magnificent fish rather than slaughtering them for diminishing returns.

While Cousteau continues to work with corporations and students on many issues and projects relating to water innovation and environmental wealth, he has also created a new foundation committed to restoring marine habitats. His "Plant-a-Fish Initiative" provides public education programs and guidance to large, environmentally sensitive corporations who have a genuine commitment to making the world a healthier place.

In conjunction with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Céline Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau is also the star of PBS' acclaimed series, Ocean Adventures, which brings the beauty of the oceans directly into viewers' homes. An active writer, he is also currently working on a children's book trilogy and has appeared frequently on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

Rounding out Camosun's series is Canadian storyteller and revered Aboriginal filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, April 6 and award-winning author of The Jade Peony, Wayson Choy, May 18.

Tickets are $22.25 each/$14.50 for students (includes service fees) for each show. Funds raised from the series go to the Camosun College Foundation for student assistance.


Michelle Tinis
Camosun College Foundation

Last updated: January 27, 2011 11:25 am

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