This past Wednesday evening, Ocean expert Jean-Michel Cousteau celebrated his father’s legacy and showcased the beauty of our oceans. A packed Winspear crowd listened to stories of the Cousteau family and learned that our oceans still need our help. Also we’ll preview Saturday’s showcase of the Grammy Award winning group, The Chieftains.
Jean-Michel enlightened a packed Winspear Opera House with stories of his parents and ocean family. He also highlighted how important it is to keep the Oceans safe. He introduced many of us to his OCEAN FUTURE SOCIETY.
“Our mission is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people
throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting
the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the
ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet.”
Jean-Michel opened the evening by talking about the historic year we are in.
Jean-Michel Cousteau is the author of My Father, the Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau, published by National Geographic Books on May 25, 2010.
Jean-Michel talked about just what the ocean means to us all and highlights the connection National Geographic had on his family.
Now Jacques wasn’t the only important Cousteau parent, in fact Jean-Michel’s mother Simone was an amazing oceanographer herself.
One of the amazing ways Jacques passed along his amazing legacy was by giving his son Jean-Michel a special gift.
President Kennedy awards the National Geographic Society’s Special Gold Medal to Jacques Cousteau in 1961, wife Simone in Red.
Throughout the evening Jean-Michel shared with us DVD clips about his father, the oceans beauty, and the impact we’ve had on the beautiful sea. One of the first clips has Jacques Cousteau prediction about what the state of our oceans right now would be.
Jacques’ quotes were made in the early 1970’s and showcase that he was completely right about our negative impact on the oceans. Its this truth that sparked Jean-Michel to fight so hard to educated, enlighten and entertain so many people about the virtues of our seas. Jean’s legacy now extends to his own children.
(L-R) Céline, Fabien and Jean-Michel Cousteau © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society.
Now its not just the young people that are active, Jean-Michel brought up one of his father’s famous friends and how Jean has a unique bet with him.
Jean-Michel talked about one place on earth, around 1,000 miles North of the Hawaiian Islands, that has been sadly plagued by human’s interaction with the ocean.
Actor Sam Neill narrates the video and discusses just what is happening on the Northwestern Hawaiian Island (yep even though they’re 1,000 miles North of the ones we all are familiar with, they are still part of the Hawaiian Islands).
Its the fishing nets being left behind in the oceans that are the major issue effecting our seas.
Photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a Green Turtle is entangled in a ghost net, also known as derelict fishing nets, along the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
All of this information learned by Jean-Michel pushed him to approach the Hawaiian Government.
Jean-Michel talks about just how strong nature can be.
All of the exposure people like Jean-Michel provided about the North Western Hawaiian Islands led to a historic bill being passed by President George Bush in 2006.
To end the amazing evening with Jean-Michel, he took part in a Q & A session that yielded some intriguing and funny responses from the oceanography expert. Up first was the fact that Jean-Michel has connections to both Finding Nemo and Spongebob Squarepants.
The Finding Nemo dvd had an extremely unique reaction from a daughter of Jean-Michel’s Italian friend.
Now the final question was downright funny!!!
The lovely evening with Jean-Michel was made possible because of Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation.
This Saturday Night, six-time Grammy Award winning group, The Chieftains will rock the Winspear Opera House.
Starting in 1962, this engaging and endlessly talented ensemble of Irish cultural ambassadors made the traditional music of their island home popular around the world. The Chieftains have never stopped pushing into new territory, reinvigorating traditional Celtic forms with fresh ideas and eclectic influences. Major stars of pop and rock, American country and bluegrass music and numerous world-music genres line up to collaborate with these Irish masters. In their five decades as a group, The Chieftains have sold millions of records. Favorites of North Texas audiences, they bring great humor, joyful exuberance and, of course, fabulous music to the TITAS season and the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Keep the Irish spirit going with the North Texas Irish Festival! March 4-6 at Fair Park.
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:00PM
Winspear Opera House
The Chieftains | More Information