Luncheon and Dynamic Talk on European Oceans and Seas

October 16, 2012 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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Luncheon and Dynamic Talk on European Oceans and Seas –
and why they matter to us -- featuring the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau

October 20, 2012 University of Colorado, Boulder Campus

Ocean experts will weigh in on the state of Europe’s oceans and seas, environmental concerns, and areas of conservation collaboration at a luncheon and talk as part of the 2012 Making WAVES in Colorado weekend of ocean events in Boulder. Organized by the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) and the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), the European Ocean event will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the British Irish Studies Room in the Norlin Library (5th Floor) on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

The panel of speakers includes:

  • Jean-Michel Cousteau, ocean explorer and activist, Ocean Futures Society
  • Louie Psihoyos, Academy-Award winning director “The Cove,” Ocean Preservation 
Society (Psihoyos will show a preview of his new film)
  • Dr. Greg Stone, Chief Scientist for Oceans, Conservation International
  • Shawn Heinrichs, Filmmaker and marine conservationist, Blue Sphere Media

“As part of our mission to promote understanding of the European Union and areas of collaboration with the rest of the world, CEUCE is proud to offer the Colorado community this unique opportunity to learn about European marine issues and interact with world- renowned ocean experts in an intimate informal setting,” said CEUCE Executive Director Felicia Naranjo Martinez.

The north Atlantic and Arctic oceans and Europe’s many seas host critical biodiversity and important economic value for Europe and the rest of the world. Twenty-two of the EU’s 27 member states have coastlines and the EU fishing industry is the fourth largest in the world.

The talk will explore:

  • Why are Europe’s oceans and seas important to the European and world community?
  • What is the state of Europe’s marine environments?

  • What steps is Europe taking?
  • Where are the bright spots?

  • How are the U.S. and EU working together to conserve our oceans?

The speakers will incorporate powerful and informative photos and video into their discussion.

The European Ocean event is open to CU students, faculty, Making Waves participants and the general public. Ticket prices (including lunch) are $7 for students, $10 for CU faculty and staff and $14 for the general public.

“We live on a Blue Planet and are interconnected -- European marine ecosystems are important to us all, no matter where we live. The choices we make impact our oceans, which have enormous impacts on our lives. The European Ocean luncheon and other Making Waves events are part of COCO’s mission to unite, educate and engage Colorado’s inland ocean community,” said COCO Founder Vicki Nichols Goldstein.

For detailed information and tickets click here. For more information on the Making Waves in Colorado weekend of events click here.

Housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence is supported by the European Commission, and promotes understanding of the European Union (EU) and building transatlantic (EU-US) relationships.

The Colorado Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Founder Vicki Nichols Goldstein created COCO to engage people living inland to participate in local, national and global ocean conservation efforts.

About Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. With the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.” The mission of OFS is 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. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France; Lucca, Italy; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit