2015 Iscol Lecture


Fish Tales: How Ocean Conservation Became My Passion
Ted Danson
- April 20, 2015

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Ted Danson's recent book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, came as a surprise to those who didn’t know that this famous actor is also a leading oceans advocate. Danson will share his personal transformation from actor to activist and his passion for oceans. He will explore the frightening threats to our oceans and celebrate recent success stories, including over a million square miles of ocean protected and the recovery of important commercial fisheries. The next big initiative targets the countries that control 40 percent of the world’s fish catch. Policy changes can make the oceans so abundant that seafood could potentially feed one billion people a healthy meal each day.

About Ted Danson

For 30 years, actor Ted Danson has been a powerful advocate for ocean conservation. A polluted beach near his home in Santa Monica Canyon spurred Danson to join a community battle against planned offshore drilling. Strong local opposition put a stop to the oil wells. Danson went on to found the American Oceans Campaign, which later merged with Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation and advocacy  organization. As a member of Oceana’s board, Danson works for policy change on overfishing and habitat destruction, marine pollution, and climate change.

About the Iscol Lecture

The Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture brings eminent scholars, scientists, newsmakers, and opinion leaders to Cornell to address environmental issues of paramount importance to our planet. Hosted by the Atkinson Center, the Iscol Lecture recognizes interdisciplinary scholarship on the frontier of scientific inquiry; provides opportunities for Cornell students, faculty, staff, and the public to gain new knowledge about pressing environmental issues; and enriches the university and community. A faculty committee, representing a cross-section of academic disciplines, selects the Iscol lecturer.