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Live Like You Love The Ocean

Ocean Revolution Event Poster

On June 3, 2010 Jacques Cousteau’s 100th birthday was honored at the California Academy of Sciences. A Santa Cruz county non-profit, Ocean Revolution, led the way by organizing the 6th Annual World Oceans Day Celebration. Cousteau’s grandchildren, Fabien and Celine Cousteau, were in attendance for the VIP reception and public world premiere of Ocean Voices. Supporting this musical premiere were sponsors and conservation allies: Academy of Sciences, School Messenger, Monkey Business, Oceana (with Central Coast representatives) and Max Davis Company. Oceana provided the key advocacy role.

This event was the first in a series to celebrate Jacques Cousteau’s June 11, 1910 birthday. In opening remarks, Celine and Fabien Cousteau commented on not fully realizing their childhood was unique until later in life. Celine discussed her good fortune in having women explorers as role models. Fabien brought to light the misconception of representing the oceans as 73% of the surface of the Earth, noting this was an example of thinking in only two dimensions. “The oceans really make up 99% of the living space on the planet, when considered three dimensionally.” Both Cousteaus stayed focused on personal advocacy, acknowledging everyone in the room was probably thinking about the Gulf oil spill, and how important it is to take individual conservation actions.

Fabian and Celine Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau, Celine Cousteau and Ocean Revolution’s Wallace “J” Nichols

Ocean Voices, which combines narratives and music from around the world, was the focus of the Academy of Sciences NightLife, an after-hours program that combines music, cocktails and science every Thursday night. Beyond Ocean Voices, the Academy continues recognizing Jacques Cousteau’s birthday with exhibits displaying the impact of plastic in the oceans since his birth.

This Ocean Voices premiere also launches the 2010 festivities for World Oceans Month, as Oceana continues its work to ban new oil and natural gas drilling off the Pacific coast. Oceana’s message is clear: “We cannot allow the tragedy of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to occur in Pacific waters.“

“What better way to honor the legacy of Jacques Cousteau and kick off the 2010 World Ocean Day than sending a loud “call-to-action” to stop new oil drilling off our precious coast,” said Dr. Geoff Shester, Oceana’s California Program Director.

Colleen Freeman and Lea Haratani

Colleen Freeman, John Laird for Senate Deputy Campaign Manager and Lea Haratani, Vice Chair of Oceana’s Ocean Council

Lea Haratani commented, “While the devastation of the oil spill pours 500,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico daily, Central Coast non-profits work to deal with the ongoing deluge that fouls the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It’s time to take action for our oceans, for the sake of future generations,” said Lea Haratani, Vice Chair of Oceana’s Ocean Council. “We must ensure that nothing like the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill ever happens again and take action today to prevent less dramatic, but equally invasive pollution, like plastics.

Geoff Shester and Doug, L.

Geoff Shester, Oceana's California Program Director, right, makes a case for the ocean with guest, Jeffrey Chow.

Follow International Oceans Day, June 8, 2010 and National Oceans Month events at http://www.oceana.org. Experience Ocean Voices and the iPhone app http://www.oceanvoices.org.

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