DANBURY, Conn. — Deep ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, will be a guest lecturer Sept. 19 at Western Connecticut State University.
The lecture will be at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. It is presented by the Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies.
Tickets for “One Ocean, One People” are on sale at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling (203) 837-TIXX. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for WCSU faculty and staff and WCSU students will be admitted free with valid I.D.
There also is a VIP reception before the lecture for anyone who would like to make a donation to the Jane Goodall Center. Individual donations start at $50 and group or corporate donations start at $200. For more information, call (203) 837-8453.
Cousteau grew up on the salt-stained decks of his grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone. As a result, he was “destined to follow in the family footsteps of exploring and tirelessly working to protect our planet’s immense and endangered marine habitats,” according to his biography.
Diving since age 4, Cousteau was “irrevocably imprinted with an unwavering appreciation for the wonder, beauty and importance of our aquatic ecosystems to sustaining life on this big blue planet of ours,” said a prepared statement
With his experience in the field and a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, Cousteau has refined a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies.
Cousteau will share his knowledge about the marine ecosystems that make up 73 percent of our planet and how to protect these life-giving waters. He will discuss connections between our water, our planet and our health — and why care for all three is vital.
“Like many people, I grew up watching his grandfather’s program, 'The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,' and the travels of the Calypso," said WCSU professor of archaeology Laurie Weinstein, chairwoman of the Jane Goodall Center, said in a statement. "Jacques was one of the first conservationists to sound the horn about how human populations were destroying their environment. Fabien continues the conservationist work started by his grandfather and we are honored to have him here on campus.”