“The best tribute that I can give my grandfather the year of his 100th anniversary is to unite the people who have been inspired by him with those who have been inspired by the ocean and together celebrate the domino effect of that inspiration.”
Please enjoy an inspirational talk with Céline…
“I grew up with your grandfather! Our family would sit down in front of the TV every week and watch his show; I traveled the world; I fell in love with the ocean; I became a marine biologist; I learned to dive…because of him.“
Across cultures and countries, it amazes me how often I hear some version of this story. It is incredible to witness the reach one person can have. Common to all of these stories is the heart of what he did- Jacques Cousteau inspired. His influence reveals itself in countless ways through science and in the arts his name can be heard in song lyrics, his image seen in children’s animation programs and theatrical films, and his words read in print.
The best tribute that I can give my grandfather the year of his 100th anniversary is to unite the people who have been inspired by him with those who have been inspired by the ocean and together celebrate the domino effect of that inspiration.
The ocean community is strong and diverse. Some people work as marine professionals- scientists, marine biologists, and oceanographers; some work with the ocean in non-scientific ways such as dive instructors, underwater videographers and fishermen. Others focus on communication and advocacy, weaving the ocean into our personal lives. All of these efforts educate. Each connects humans to the ocean realm.
Ocean Inspiration is a celebration and a call to action to protect our oceans. It is an opportunity to recognize and honor individuals and organizations working hard to understand and protect the oceans. I cannot think of a better way to pay tribute to my grandfather.