Learn more about the environment and conservation efforts through an engaging conversation with filmmaker, explorer, and advocate Philippe Cousteau. This conversation will be moderated by the Oklahoma State Director of The Nature Conservancy, Mike Fuhr, whose nature photography will also be revealed in an exhibition prior to the event. Seating will be available for the first 300 attendees.
This event caps off the Pioneer Library System’s 2022 PLS Reads initiative, a yearlong look at the topic of the environment in which community members have learned how small changes can make a big impact on the world around us through reading, conversation, and exploration.
This event will also be featured as part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk in partnership with the Norman Arts Council. Meet NAC Executive Director, Erinn Gavaghan, at MAINSITE to grab a bite to eat at the Dump Truck before heading out on a guided walk to the Norman Public Library Central! We will depart the gallery at 5:30pm, stroll through Andrews Park to see the In Their Words installation created by Oklahoma artist, MJ Alexander, before heading over to the library for this Spark a Change event.
Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is a multi-Emmy-Nominated T.V. host and producer, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He is the host and executive producer of the multi-Emmy nominated weekly syndicated series Awesome Planet, now in its sixth season.
Philippe’s conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2005 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization building a global youth movement to restore and protect our ocean planet. To date, EarthEcho has activated over 2 million youth in 146 countries through its programs.
As an author, Philippe’s children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. In addition, he has co-written, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award. His new book series, The Endangereds, with Harper Collins, launched in September of 2020 and his latest book, Oceans for Dummies, which he co-authored with his wife Ashlan was released in February 2021. To find copies of these titles and more about the environment check out the PLS Connect app or the library catalog.