On Monday, September 27 the Council will host Philippe Cousteau, Jr. to discuss the health of the world’s oceans. The grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe is carrying on the Cousteau family tradition as the CEO of the non-profit organization EarthEcho International and co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic development company. He will address the effects of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the work he is doing to draw attention to the environmental consequences of this disaster. The program will be moderated by Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Cousteau’s appearance follows on the heels of the federal government announcement that BP’s blown-out well is officially dead. In a statement Sunday, Admiral Thad Allan said that the well “poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico.” Even as the flow of oil slowed and finally stopped, the level of attention on the health of the Gulf and the world’s oceans has continued rise. National Geographic Magazine‘s October issue focuses on the future of Louisiana’s wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico and yesterday’s New York Times included a cover story about the threat of global warming to coral reefs and the world’s fisheries.
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