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Here we profile Céline and two other attendees; Australian surfer Felicity Palmateer and Canadian presenter Sarah Taylor, sharing the inspiring stories of how each of these incredible individuals are making the most of their one shot.

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Contiki Sustainability Partner Céline Cousteau is taking Contiki travellers, partners and media on the trip of a lifetime, to the world’s most fragile ecosystem – the Galapagos Islands.
Céline Cousteau

Celine Cousteau

• Contiki Sustainability Partner
• Motivator
• Documentary Filmmaker



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For Céline Cousteau, Contiki’s Sustainability Partner, conservation is all about making a difference. Spending a lot of time exploring the globe away from family and friends as Céline does “is not always easy”, but “the feeling that [she is] making a difference” through her work drives her to carry on making change.

And with each place she visits, she gets to talk to more local people, as well as experts in the field, and is able to share their knowledge and information with the rest of the world. This is something she sees as invaluable.

Just last week, Céline was working with local indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon (she hadn’t even unpacked her bags when we spoke to her!), and this week she is in the Galapagos Islands, where she is taking a group of Contiki travellers on the conservation trip of a lifetime. “It’s harder”, she says, “to find something different today”, and the Galapagos offers such a different experience. “Having access to a place like that makes you feel special and unique” –she can’t wait for her travelling companions to witness first-hand some of the amazing active conservation work that is being done in the Galapagos.

And, whilst being in the field works for Céline, she says that “everybody has it in them to become involved in sustainability. You can be a stay-at-home environmentalist”, and in fact she knows a lot of people that help in this way. Conservation “is a way of life”, she says, and there are lots of ways to help “beyond just recycling” (which she believes should be standard behaviour). Céline’s advice is to start with something tangible – food! She says that we should make a conscious effort to think about “where the food we eat has come from” – “was it sustainably harvested / caught? Is it healthy for us / the environment”? And taking it one step further, we should monitor our consumption in general, thinking about the food we eat, what we buy, and even the amount of energy we consume.

Ideally, Céline would like each of us to choose an initiative, an ecosystem or species that we are passionate about and then focus on that cause. And there are lots of ways to get involved with organisations supporting these causes, whether that’s donating money, time or even your services. “All this”, Céline says, “can make a real difference”.

Felicity

felicity palmateer

• 21 years old
• Australian
• Billabong Junior Pro Surfer



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Felicity Palmateer is a professional junior surfer and part of the Billabong team circuit in Australia. She was brought up a beach baby, and remembers that her dad brought down a body board one day when she was around six years old.

“When he saw me standing up on the board”, she tells us, “he said ‘no, she can’t become a body boarder, let’s get her onto a surf board’. And from that day onwards he patiently waited and pushed me into waves until the day I could hold my own”.

“Once you start [surfing], you can’t stop”, Felicity says, “you want to keep going to more different places and every time you go somewhere you create more memories.” And she doesn’t think the place you go to necessarily matters – “sometimes the people you’re with and the memories you make are the best thing. I can’t be home longer than two weeks because then I just want to go again.”

Felicity is joining a group of Contiki travellers on a trip to the Galapagos this week, and her love of travel means she is really looking forward to it. “I was watching TV the other day and they have been doing a lot of stuff on the Galapagos recently”, she says. “I thought to myself ‘I really want to get there’ and then I got an email from my team manager” about the Contiki trip. “I had to read it five times, thinking ‘this can’t be true’. After watching programs on the islands, the marine life and animals there are so amazing”, she says. “Going to a place where 4 different currents meet is just going to be amazing.”

Preserving the ocean for future generations is also really important to Felicity. “My dad introduced me to the ocean and taught me everything I know about it”, she says. “We share such a great bond over it, and I would hate for future generations not to be able to experience what I have”. She is therefore thrilled to be meeting Celine Cousteau, Contiki’s Sustainability Partner, as part of the trip. “When I rang to tell my dad, he was like ‘oh my God, I can’t believe you’re going on a trip with her’. Some of the stuff she does is amazing.” Felicity says that Celine “is a role model to me. I’m excited to meet her and see what she does.”

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

• MuchMusic VJ
• Plan Canada Youth Ambassador
• Humanitarian Field Worker



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Sarah Taylor is a host of Canada’s MuchMusic, where she can regularly be seen interviewing the likes of Jay-Z, U2 and Oprah. Of the huge list of celebrities that she has interviewed, Sarah is particularly inspired by those who “use their position to draw appropriate attention to causes that are important to them” – “be they political, environmental or cultural”.

Her own journey to becoming a TV personality has put her in the same room as some of the most famous, wealthy, powerful people in the world, which gave her a “perspective on what celebrity can do, and the good it can do”. It is this way of thinking that drives Sarah to combine her influence as a TV host with her desire to create awareness around important social issues – for example as Youth Ambassador for Plan Canada and World Vision. And she says that each initiative she works on changes her as a person – especially those where she gets to travel, which she sees as “the ultimate education” and “the only purchase you can make that will enrich your life”.

For these reasons, Sarah is super excited about accompanying a group of Contiki travellers on the conservation trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos this week. She is hoping that the trip will give them all “an incredible experience that will put life into perspective”. She wants to be reminded, through all the active conservation work going on there “how important it is to stay focused”. She also can’t wait to meet the crew, the people on the ground and in particular Celine Cousteau, Contiki’s Sustainability Partner, who Sarah says is “such an inspiration”, a woman who “brings stories home from places, be they environmentalist, ecological or cultural”. And of course, the Galapagos being “the most volcanic place on the planet – that blows my mind!”

Sarah also acknowledges that not everybody has these opportunities, but insists that “everybody really has their own platform to make change”. She says “as a young person, your world seems very small, but we really do all have the power to affect everybody in our lives. Whether your platform is your group of friends, a classroom, a national TV network or the whole world, you can find your passion and go towards it. If you are doing something that is coming from a real soul level, people will catch your passion – it’s so contagious”.


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