Please click the Play > button if video does not begin automatically.Redesigning Our Future
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s message focuses on sustainability. He draws upon his experiences to communicate his love--and his concern--for the earth’s water and the ecosystem it nourishes, and he offers an enlightened perspective on the challenges facing this threatened ecosystem.
Following in the footsteps of his famous father, Jean-Michel Cousteau has spent his life exploring the world’s oceans aboard the research vessels Calypso and Alcyone. Through his stewardship of the sea, he recognizes the interdependence of our lives with the world’s oceans. Cousteau is an explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer, was executive vice president of The Cousteau Society for nearly 20 years, and is founder and president of Ocean Futures Society.
Ocean Futures Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring and researching 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.
Dr. Jerry R. Schubel joined the Aquarium of the Pacific as president and CEO in June 2002. Schubel serves on a number of national commissions, committees, and boards. He is President Emeritus at the New England Aquarium where he served from 1994 to 2001. Dr. Schubel was dean and director of the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Marine Sciences Research Center from 1974 to 1994.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, cares for more than 12,500 ocean animals in more than 50 exhibits. Each year 1.3 million visitors gain a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. In 2005, the Aquarium served 238,000 student and teachers with environmental and marine education classes and tours at the Aquarium and through its outreach program Aquarium on Wheels. The Marine Conservation Research Institute, as a division of the Aquarium, brings together scientists, business leaders, and other interested parties in forums, classes, and workshops to identify and explore alternatives for dealing with complex multidisciplinary environmental issues.