Contiki proudly sponsored Céline’s recent two-day Ocean Inspiration event. As a tribute to the life and legacy of her famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau and his 100th anniversary, it provided a fantastic forum to share, recognise and reward the achievements of ocean advocacy, as well as fundraise towards this critical cause.
“The ocean advocates attending all share a passion for aquatic life– they understand the beauty & wonder of our fragile waters and as my grandfather said, ‘People protect what they love’”, Celine said. “They all know that we need to move to action for the well-being of our planet and these deserving individuals are carrying on the incredible legacy of Jacques Cousteau and his mission continues through each of them.” Hear more from Celine in her exclusive Contiki interview during the event. Link to new video.
Members of the Contiki team were excited to attend the two-day event. The gala in New York city on the 18th May, was the first of two events hosted by Céline to honour the centennial of her grandfather and legendary oceanographer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Two generations of the Cousteau family including her father, Jean-Michel Cousteau and her brother, Fabien Cousteau came to support the fundraiser. There was a mixture of other guests, including scientists, explorers, filmmakers, artists and musicians.
All the guests enjoyed a full evening with an ocean inspired dance performance, tasting sustainable cuisine, a film competition, watching a premiere viewing of the new film about Jacques Cousteau, “My Father, the Captain” as well as live & silent auctions. During the celebratory gala that took place at Rockefeller Plaza’s The Sea Grill restaurant, the Ocean Advocate awards were presented to fellow activists for their vision and innovation all in support of protecting the world’s oceans.
Following the gala, Contiki took part in a public forum held at the World Resources Institute in Washington D.C. on 20th May, also hosted by Céline Cousteau. “The Future of the Oceans” panel included conservations and marine biologists whose discussion focused on the consequences of coral reef degradation, in support of their cause, Reefs at Risk initiative. The story telling session, ‘Stories from Jacques Cousteau’s Journeys’ included Anne Marie Cousteau, Céline’s mother, who spoke candidly about the challenges she faced as a female expedition photographer on the iconic Calypso boat for over 13 years.
Céline is committed in her new role as Sustainability Partner with Contiki who is part of the not-for-profit Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation and promoting sustainability causes that are both culturally and environmentally significant.