Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased that a Congressional Resolution she authored, along with her friend and colleague Lois Capps, was approved by the House today Tuesday. The Resolution honors the extraordinary life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. It is fitting that the House would approve the Resolution today since today is World Oceans Day.
Born on June 11, 1910 in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France, Cousteau made tremendous inroads and achievements in the fields of science, research, and marine conservation. Although he is most famously known for his pioneering work in the field of marine conservation, Cousteau also served in the French Army and was decorated with France's highest honor, the Legion of Honor.
Throughout his exemplary life, Cousteau produced over 120 films and authored or contributed to roughly 50 books. Before his death in 1997, he was awarded the United Nations International Environment prize as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Captain Cousteau was a pioneering explorer of the seas and he relished nothing more than being in his diving suit submerged in the ocean. Today he would be horrified at the images of the underwater oil well spewing nearly 40 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history. We must take the legacy of Cousteau and work doubly hard to assure that we do everything within our powers to make sure BP and the federal government cleans up this disaster. Too much is at stake to get this wrong."
Please note that this evening Congresswomen Ros-Lehtinen and Capps will be honored by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for their work on oceans issues, primarily coastal restoration and coral reef rehabilitation.