Unlock the Wonders of the New Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center! July 28, 2016

Manatee News 7 22 2016World-renowned oceanographic explorer, Fabien Cousteau observes sea life and habitat during the historic Mission 31 off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

“Young people are crucial to the health of our ocean. Just as my grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau inspired a generation of ocean advocates, it’s now time to pass that excitement for our ocean to the next generation.” – Fabien Cousteau

 

Greetings! Today I’d like to talk about the new Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center [OLC]. The OLC, a 501 (c) 3 organization, was founded in 2016 by world-renowned oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau. The OLC is now Fabien’s vehicle to fulfill his dream of making “positive change” in the world.  And in the words of his legendary grandfather, “People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a result, the OLC’s mission is to raise awareness, educate and inform citizens of the world on ways in protecting and preserving earth’s waters, endangered marine life (yours truly), and marine habitats.

The center will be a virtual STEAM platform, affording children around the world the extraordinary opportunity to learn about oceans and also engage with aquanauts, ocean explorers, and marine biologists directly through social media and interactive videos. “STEAM” actually uses the STEM recipe (science, technology, engineering, and math) and adds in an A for arts.

The OLC will provide knowledge and the latest discoveries of new technology to both advocates and supporters of ocean preservation. The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center will collaborate with partners in developing conservation, restoration, and marine life-saving initiatives, which are totally sustainable for generations to come.

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The OLC will operate within three “buckets.” These are; [SEE] A focus on Public Awareness, [LEARN] Education, and [DO] Special Projects. Here is the OLC’s definition of each…

SEE…

“One of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”) goals is to inspire the people of today to take action, fix the mistakes of humanity’s past and save the future of tomorrow’s children. We intend to achieve this through different public awareness initiatives; such as the creation of influential documentary films and educational content.

As a major awareness building program and global outreach across all continents affected by our endangered waters, the OLC will bring these documentary films around the globe and will use it as a catalyst for taking action and building out specific projects by location. With our traditional and online distribution plan we will be able to educate and inspire more than 6,000,000 people to take action.”

LEARN…

“The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”) aims to inspire future generations to protect and love our planet’s waters through deeper understanding.

Some of the activities and initiatives under our education programing include: the creation of educational resources for schools, universities, museums and other institutions; OLC Events catering to high school and college students nationwide to empower the next generation of ocean conservationists; beach clean ups and much more!  We expect our education programs to reach over 10,000 students in our first year.”

DO…

“The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (“OLC”) seeks to restore the marine habitats through the implementation of “Special Projects”. The core mission focuses on using timeless, universal ecological principles applicable to all natural ecosystems in addition to location- specific subjects, and applying these principles to engage local communities toward stewardship and restoration efforts of their marine environment.

These programs play a very important role in our planet’s conservation and protection of marine life, providing the next generation a better future. By engaging local communities worldwide in restoration and conservation activities, we can plant the seeds of growth toward a healthier relationship between ourselves and our life support system that comes from our oceans. Some of those projects include: Sea Turtle Restoration, the Mangroves Restoration initiative and the Coral Reef Restoration program.”

Additionally, the OLC and Fabien Cousteau are partnering with Jonah Bryson for the creation of a new documentary film. The film titled, A Sweet Spot in Time, slated for release in 2017, “… connects two generations with our mission of educating and raising public awareness for today’s environmental issues.” Here’s a linkhttp://www.tribute.ca/movies/a-sweet-spot-in-time/106918/ 

If you are interested in becoming an individual/corporate sponsor to the OLC, please send an email to info@fabiencousteauolc.org.  

For more information on the new Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center [OLC], here’s their link for you…

www.fabiencousteauolc.org 

Stay tuned for more updates from me on the new OLC!

Finally, if you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

www.savethemanatee.org

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

www.wildtracks.org

~ Kobee Manatee

 

 

 

 

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