Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau: Look at nature as a business

September 20, 2006 |

Jean-MichelCousteau, son of the late ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, says those interested in saving the world's oceans should look at nature in financial terms. "Nature works all the time, and it works for free," he said recently. "We need to look at nature as a business, and only 'harvest' the 'interest' it gives us." By destroying coral reefs and overfishing the seas, he said, "We are using up the capital, and that leads to bankruptcy." He reminded attendees at a recent CraigMichaels "Sustainable Facilities Summit" in San Diego that 72% of the planet is covered by water, but only 5% has been explored. On June 15, Cousteau noted, President Bush sign an Executive Order to protect 140,000 square miles of ocean in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands--the largest such protected ocean in the world, bigger than Australia's Great Barrier Reef, he said. To learn more about the Executive Order, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060615-6.html. For more about the Ocean Futures Society, go to: http://www.oceanfutures.org/ To learn about other CraigMichaels conferences, go to: www.craigmichaelsinc.com/summits/.

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