Thursday, October 12, 2006
Yesterday in Paris I had lunch with my friend Yves Paccalet who is returning next month to Antarctica where he has not been since he went there with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Calypso some thirty years ago, and with Bertrand Charrier (another former Cousteau team member). Yves says that he is curious to see how Antarctica has changed during this time.
I told him to visit the Krill Count website that was just launched a few days ago by the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project which we described in this blog a month ago.
Krill Count contains a lot of useful resources for anyone concerned by the future of Antarctica.
A philosopher by training, and a writer, Yves is a wonderful story-teller as the French public knows well. It is good that he is going to Antarctica, because he will have a lot of inspiring stories to tell and write.
Yves and Bertrand were very helpful in the 1980s and early 1990s during the Save Antarctica Campaign that led to the 50-year moratorium on Antarctic minerals exploitation, an issue that was championed by the French government at the time, in part thanks to the support of the Cousteau team.
With the threat arising from the krill bonanza, it's good we can count on them again.
I told Yves that I would send him the link to Krill Count, but I will send him this blogpiece instead, so that others can benefit also from the information.