Education The Arts — 03 April 2012

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues

The facts of climate change are still disputed, despite consensus from a majority of scientists. Last Friday, Fresh Dialogues sat down with ocean explorer and film maker, Jean-Michel Cousteau to to get the facts from an expert who is seeing its impact in our oceans and beyond.

“Climate change is a reality,”  says Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. “What we are responsible for and the consequences we’ll have to face up to is that because our emissions of CO2 are accelerating the process, things are happening much faster.”

One of the biggest impacts he highlights is the reduced protection of our coastlines due to corals dying and sea level rising. He anticipates increased storms and flooding; and millions being displaced around the world.

I asked Cousteau: what advice does he have for people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint?

“It starts at home and by better managing our home, we save money and by the same token we save energy and emit less CO2,” says Cousteau. “The other one is our consumption. People eat too much. People are FAT!”

His forthright answer caught me off guard. No more Crème brûlée for me. We all have to make sacrifices.

Here’s a short segment of our interview. We also discussed China vs US action on climate change; President Obama’s response to climate change and his energy policy; and the important lesson his father, Jacques Cousteau, taught him.

Check out my story at:

KQED’s Climate Watch  for Cousteau’s views on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32

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