March 05, 2018
Top environmentalists from around the world, including Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of Jacques Cousteau, are headlining Tulane Law School’s 23rd annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy March 9 and 10.
Cousteau, the founder and chairman of the Ocean Futures Society, speaks Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room 110 of John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St. He is an award-winning filmmaker, conservationist and explorer recognized around the world as a diplomat of the seas. Like his father before him, he is a voice for the ocean, and educates audiences around the world about the need to act responsibly to preserve the fragile underwater ecosystems that affect all life on earth.
Cousteau has explored the world’s oceans aboard the Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life and has spent four decades promoting the ocean’s welfare. He has produced more than 80 films, won an Emmy, a Peabody and a Cable Ace award, among other recognitions. He has written extensively on ocean conservation, being published around the world in newspapers and other publications. He has directed programming on multiple digital platforms for use on television, in IMAX movies and in schools internationally.
On Saturday, Maya K. Van Rossum, director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network will give the conference’s keynote at 4 p.m., also in the Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room 110 of John Giffen Weinmann Hall.
She has been the leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network for more than two decades, and she successfully pushed Pennsylvania’s legislature to recognize the constitutional right to a healthy environment. She will address how legislative environmentalism has failed communities across America, its significance and how to take action in your community.
Van Rossum’s organization is the only citizen action organization that works the entirety of the Delaware River and its watershed, speaking and working for both its protection and restoration. She is a licensed attorney in three states, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia and serves as an adjunct professor and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Hosted by Tulane’s Environmental and Energy Law Society, the annual Summit brings together professionals and the public on pressing environmental and legal challenges and policy issues.
Admission to the Summit is free and open to the public. It can also be taken for 13 hours of CLE credit with registration.
For more information, go to https://tulaneenvironmentallawsummit.com/