In 1981, Studs spoke with Captain Jacques Cousteau who had recently published The Cousteau Almanac: An Inventory of Life on Our Water Planet. Cousteau gives examples of how humans have been destroying our environment for thousands of years, which leads to a conversation about how to bring first-world industry to developing countries without creating first-world pollution. Cousteau also talks about his concerns regarding nuclear energy (the Chernobyl disaster was still five years away), and makes suggestions for alternative energy sources. Continue reading →
Today is Earth Day and it should come as no surprise that Studs was way ahead of the curve in discussing the environmental. First conceived at an UNESCO Conference in 1969, Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22nd; the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, in 1970 and became a national movement in 1990. Founded on the notion that our planets’ resources are finite, Earth Day continues to remind us to tread lightly and leave a small carbon footprint.
On this Earth Day we couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to speak for the planet than Jacques Cousteau. One of the leaders in the movement to save the planet, Jacques Yves Cousteau hardly needs an introduction. His series The Undersea Word of Jacques Cousteau, ran from 1968 through 1976, brought the beauty and diversity of the oceans to a generation of children who would grow up to become environmental activists and scientists. While the interview is forty-six years old the major themes remain the same. Start listening for such gems as Cousteau’s quote that governments are run by a bunch of “elected, irresponsible, ignorant, incompetent people” but stay for a lively discussion of the politics of energy, the EPA, nuclear energy, jobs and the greed of power companies.
His insights on what people want and what politicians actually do is as relevant today as it was in 1976. Their conversation about the future of energy and our planet could as easily be about Global Warming as it is about nuclear energy. Prepare to be amazed by his assertion that women are crucial to the success of saving our planet. It sounds like he would have agreed that we need more women in politics in order to form a more perfect union.