Monday, June 4, 2012

World Oceans Day

Jean-Michel Cousteau kicks off World Oceans Day, June 8:

June 8 is World Oceans Day and even though I say every day is oceans day, this is the one day of the year designated to celebrate all the gifts from the sea, the inherent gifts of the oceans that sustain all life on this planet.

I am honored to kick off World Oceans Day in South Korea where I will be apart of a week-long assemblage of world leaders, policy makers and inspirational speakers who are coming together for the 6th World Ocean Forum in Busan, Korea, on June 4. Through the collaboration of ocean leaders and the exchange of information and knowledge about the current state of the seas, this global forum aims to discuss sustainable development, blue frontiership, and ocean governance for the future.  I will be one of three keynote speakers among thousands of hopeful individuals to share our knowledge, experience, and, of course, our unwavering love for the sea.

While human population continues to boom, land and ocean resources continue to falter.  Our current methods for harvesting fish, extracting fossil fuels, and capitalizing our limited resources threatens the essential life support system that enable us to survive.  The 6th World Ocean Forum will gather a community of individuals and nations to discuss, evaluate, and formulate decisions to create a better future for our ocean planet.

Our team at Ocean Futures Society encourages everyone to explore the topics and issues being discussed at the 6th World Ocean Forum and to become aware of the current state of our water planet.  For more information, please go to

From Korea, I will travel to Brazil for United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20 and will participate in numerous presentations, panels and working sessions to address some of humanities’ greatest challenges, including living sustainability with the rich diversity of life we share on this planet. This will be an unprecedented opportunity to build the future we want: healthy, productive oceans, abundant sources of fresh water, and clean air for all to be protected, cherished and passed on to future generations. But enough talk, we need to achieve action at Rio +20. 

Please join me in these great landmark events by supporting the work of Ocean Futures Society 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. I need your help and support!

Thank you,

 Jean-Michel Cousteau, President

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