French marine explorer and scientist, Jacques Cousteau has told a United Nations environment conference in London (June 15) that the state of the ocean is very alarming.
SV Cousteau speaking to reporter (SOT)
REPORTER: "The international public hearing in London into the environment will be attended by speakers and delegates from all over the world. Can the debate really help, or is there a need for immediate action?"
COUSTEAU: "I don't think it will help. But I think in the long run it will inform better the public because of the broadcast of the debate to the public. And what we need now is not to try and convince governments because it never works, but be prepared to convince the public so they can put pressure on their own government."
REPORTER: "Do you think in the last decade there has been any bettering of the situation? Have things got better?"
COUSTEAU: "No, no. Things are getting worse and worse. The only thing, in some instances, in some limited areas, the rate of destruction, the rate of the increase has been reduced, but it still goes. So I would say general picture, the overall picture is extremely worrying in the long run. Of course, we may still live comfortably for 20 or 30 or 40 years. But what we are doing now to the environment is going to be a disaster for our children and your children."
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Background: French marine explorer and scientist, Jacques Cousteau has told a United Nations environment conference in London (June 15) that the state of the ocean is very alarming. He said the seas were suffering not only from pollution, but also from what he called mechanical aggression in which rivers were diverted and coastal industries artificially raised marine temperatures. Before the conference Mr.Cousteau said he didn't think the debate would really help, although in the long run it would make the public better informed. He said environmentalists should be trying to convince the public of the problem so they could put pressure on their governments. Mr. Cousteau said they situation in the environment was getting worse and worse. He said although we may still live comfortably for the next 20 to 40 years, what we are doing now to the environment is going to be a disaster for our children.