Far Brook News
In Morning Meeting yesterday, Far Brook was honored to have Fabien Cousteau -- world-renowned oceanographic explorer, conservationist, documentary filmmaker, and grandson of the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau -- share his inspiration for establishing the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center.
In his grandfather’s words, "People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught." With a life shaped by this insightful perspective, Fabien Cousteau set the mission of the OLC "... to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life." Please explore their website to see ways you can become involved and consider a donation to support this important work.
“Young people are crucial to the health of our ocean. Just as my grandfather inspired a generation of ocean advocates, it’s now time to pass that excitement for our ocean to the next generation,” said Fabien Cousteau.
Perhaps inspiring future aquanauts and conservationists at Far Brook, Mr. Cousteau spoke to students in Grades K-8 in Morning Meeting and met later with the Eighth Grade, who have been studying oceanography all year. Cousteau revealed how early years spent with his grandfather ignited a passion for earth's oceans and aquatic ecosystems. He described the critical need to preserve the health of these systems which are still largely unexplored and yet "...represent 99% of the earth’s living space, the largest known space inhabited by living organisms." Using a story from his own life, he was emphatic to our students: "If there's one lesson you should walk away with today, is that there is no such word as 'impossible,' because if you put your mind to it, you can create whatever you want and make it happen." See the short video clip below.