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Ocean Explorer and Environmental Activist Fabien Cousteau to Speak at Randolph College Feb. 1

Grandson of Jacques Cousteau is star of PBS series, Ocean Adventures.

1/28/2010 10:38:46 AM


Fabien Cousteau

LYNCHBURG — The grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau will speak at Randolph College Monday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Growing up as the grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau was destined to follow in his family’s footsteps, working to explore the oceans and preserve the beauty of our important marine habitats and wildlife. He has made his own name in the environmental world.

With vast experience in the field, and a background in environmental economics, Cousteau believes that reforming public policy through innovative ideas can preserve these precious habitats. For example, the eco-tourism industry can be a huge boon to local economics, and can guide countries to work towards protection of endangered species and key locations because of their popularity with tourists and visitors.

In conjunction with his father, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and sister, Céline Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau is also the star of PBS’ acclaimed series, Ocean Adventures , which brings the beauty of the oceans directly into viewers’ homes. He has also appeared frequently on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

Cousteau’s speech is part of a year-long series of speakers and events focused on sustainability issues. For more information, please see

For more information on the speech, please call 434-947-8142.

(Cousteau replaces a previously planned speech by Ray Anderson, author and radical industrialist, who could not attend due to unexpected personal reasons.)

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations