Philippe Cousteau: environmentalist and explorer - also, special correspondent for CNN
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"Arctic sea ice melting faster that even the most conservative scientific prediction."
"The Arctic is the air-conditioning unit of the planet."
[33:20]: I spend some time recenty with a group of CNN, I am a special correspondent for CNN and we filmed a documentary up in the Arctic about trying to answer some of these questions, why is the world changing so quickly; and I just brought a quick little clip that I wanted to share with you, to give a little sense, transport us from here, in the United Nations, to the Arctic, just for a moment, to see a little bit about what that’s like.
Video excerpt on the Arctic: 33:45- 35:18 (~1min30s)
Jacques-Yves Cousteau day - 6th June
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, "the father of conservation" is called "a problem-solver" above all by his grandson, Philippe Cousteau
On the International Day of Happiness (20 March), Philippe Cousteau gives a speech at a UN educational event in support of climate action.
Duration: less than 15 minutes including video | from time point [27.44] to approximatively [41.00].
To the question "What makes you happy?" Philippe Cousteau replies "Solving problems"
Excerpts from the speech:
"He wanted to solve the problems of the ocean; it was because he saw those problems that he wanted to solve them.
I want to talk about something that brings to all of us happiness. And that is solving problems.
We all have an inner-problem solver inside us.
Today is about enlisting that problem solver to take on the very real challenges that are facing our planet.
I am an explorer and environmentalist and I come from three generations of exlorers. My grand-father Jacques Cousteau, my father Philippe Cousteau (applause from the audience).
Most people have heard about my grandfather and the work that he did as a leader conservationist for the 20th century and they think of a French man with an accent and a red hat (changes his American accent to a funny French accent), a leggy Frenchman with a funny accent…
The truth is he grew up in the South of France and he didn’t start out with a passion for the environment and for conservation, he actually wanted to fly in the naval airforce in France. He wanted to be a pilot. And unfortunately he had a car accident and broke his back. He was washed out of that program, a terrible tragedy for him and he was told to swim in the Mediterranean every day to rebuild his strength.
And despite what happened, he followed the doctors orders. At first he couldn’t even walk. He was given a pair of goggles from one of his senior officers. And to see everything that was beneath it…
How many of us have grew up with finding Nemo? (…)
All we knew about the ocean at the 1930s was what we dumped in there and what we were pulling out in our fishing nets. So my grandfather was very frustrated; and a lot of people think of him as a conservationist, I think of his as a problem solver, like everybody in this room.
And fundamentally he wanted to solve problems.
And he started to realize that he wanted to spend more time under water. And what did he do? He met with an engineer and he invented scuba diving.
He wanted to make documentaries, make films and share with the world what he was seeing.
That technology didn’t exist. And what did he do? He worked with designers and made water-proof cameras to film documentaries under water.
And over time it became more than a problem of how to share the oceans, the wonders and all the incredible things that he was seeing with the rest of the world.
It became more about protecting it. He saw what was happening to the ocean, the devastation of this incredibly important system. And he wanted to solve that problem. And that is what inspired him to help pioneers. Ted Turner called him the father of the conservation movement. It was because of the problems that he saw and that he wanted to solve.
And at the time it was over fishing and pollution. And today it is about climate change.
(notes stop at 32.00 – speech, including video, continues until about 41.00)
(cf. invite Philippe to speak to an event link)
Note: P. Cousteau is based in Los Angeles, California