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Focused on the environment

Ty Coney

Climate change has become a topic of concern that’s fueling more and more conversations. On September 23, teen environmental activist Greta Thurnberg delivered an emotional speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. 

However, these conversations haven’t only been at the global level. They’re on Alden Street, too. 

Springfield College participated in the Global Climate Strike on September 20 with its own Climate Change Action. And next Thursday, the conversation will continue.

On October 16, Springfield College will host deep ocean explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau, along with explorer and filmmaker Céline Cousteau for an evening entitled: “One Ocean, One People: The Cousteau Legacy and a Call for Environmental Action.”

Fabien and Céline are the grandchildren of legendary explorer Jacque-Yves Cousteau.

Jacque-Yves Cousteau was known for his versatility; not only was he a legendary explorer, but he was also a renowned conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, author and researcher who studied the sea and all of its inhabitants. He also served in the military in his home country of France as a French Naval officer and was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985 by Ronald Reagan. 

His grandchildren now center their own lives around fulfilling their family’s legacy and protecting the seas, just as their late grandfather did. 

During this talk, Fabien will stress the importance of bold and innovative thinking to progress conservation efforts worldwide because of the onslaught of threats, such as climate change and pollutants, that the ocean now faces.

He also will encourage audience members to actively take part in trying to find a solution or utilize methods that can help with developing regional and global environmental challenges.

Céline, however, will take a different approach as she will use her worldly voyages to show the relationships between the environment and populations around the world. She feels acknowledging this relationship can help everyone worldwide.

Céline also uses her history of filmmaking to extend her family legacy through “The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship.” In this film, Céline empowers young activists and filmmakers to inspire change through the art of filmmaking.

The event is a part of the sixth annual Arts and Humanities Speaker Series at Springfield College.  It will be hosted inside the Field House, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo Courtesy Springfield College

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