“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher. Born in 1910, he studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the aqualung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Academie Francaise - which consists of forty members, known informally as les immortels (the immortals).
Cousteau described his underwater world research in a series of books, perhaps the most successful being his first book - The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure, which was published in 1953. He has also directed many films, most notably the documentary adaptation of the book "The Silent World" which won the Palme D’Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He remained the only person to win this accolade for a documentary film, until Michael Moore, who won the award in 2004, nearly 50 years later with Fahrenheit 9/11.
He is prolifically quoted - one of his most famous quotes being “People Protect What They Love”
Today lets celebrate the man - the legend - the immortal ..... “Captain Planet” and get inspired!
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.
We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilisation is all about - farming replacing hunting.
No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.
The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters... and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.
No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.
What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature trying to know what's going on
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