French American Climate Talks on Ocean - Ocean Preservation and Scientific Cooperation & Screening of Secret Ocean

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- When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Where: Embassy of France - Maison Française (4101 Reservoir Road NW, 20007 Washington DC)
- Registration (free)

The Ambassador of France to the United States Gérard Araud invites you to the French American Climate Talks on Ocean that will tackle Ocean Preservation and Scientific Cooperation. This conference will be opened by Minister Ségolène Royal, President of COP 21 and will feature Jean-Michel Cousteau and his movie Secret Ocean.

This event is part of the French American Climate Talks on Ocean, a public conference series organized by the Embassy of France and the Ocean & Climate Platform to continue raising public awareness about the Ocean’s key role in the global climate system.


5:30 pm: Doors open

6:00 pm: Opening remarks by Minister Ségolène Royal

6:15 pm: Movie presentation by Jean-Michel Cousteau

6:20 pm: Secret Ocean screening (20 min version)

6:45 pm: Discussion of the movie, ocean preservation and scientific cooperation

- Jean-Michel Cousteau, Explorer, Environmentalist, Educator and Film Producer
- Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-in-residence, former NOAA Chief Scientist
- Dr. Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- Dr. Françoise Gaill, Research Director at CNRS, Scientific Committee Coordinator of the Ocean & Climate Platform
- Grace Young, PhD candidate, Oxford
- Bertrand Delorme, PhD candidate, Stanford

7:30 pm: Cocktail reception

Movie Synopsis:

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.