Holly S. Lohuis: Embracing Change thru Ocean Exploration

Embracing Change thru Ocean Exploration

By Holly S. Lohuis, Field Producer, Executive Coordinator for Jean-Michel Cousteau

Unique among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by water. The oceans cover 70 percent of the planet’s surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. The oceans drive climate and weather patterns, generate more than 70% of the oxygen we breathe, absorb carbon dioxide, feed the clouds with moisture, provide food, are a deep source of inspiration to our spirits, connect cultures and, most importantly, sustain all life. But the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one 
species: --humans.

Join Holly S.  Lohuis, marine biologist and Jean-Michel 
Cousteau’s dive partner, for an engaging, uplifting and educational 
presentation on “Embracing Change through Ocean Exploration.”  Through a multi-media
 presentation, Holly will show recently released footage from the PBS series Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures and, most recently, on the Gulf Oil Spill; What Have We Learned. Holly will share stunning HD footage and engaging stories from her travels around the world highlighting the complexities of the ocean environment and some of the impacts that are threatening the long-term vitality of our water planet. Using kelp forests as an example of an underwater sustainable city, Holly will highlight many lessons the ocean can teach us on how we can all take part in the global solution of creating a sustainable future. As Jean-Michel Cousteau always says: “Whether it is a human community, kelp forests, marine mammals or the planet, biological diversity is social security. Protecting it is protecting ourselves.”  We protect what we love and through Holly’s presentation you will fall in the love with many of the fascinating marine creatures and feel empowered to be a part of the long-term solution of marine conservation and stewardship. Protecting our ocean now will be our gift to the future.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we 
understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum

To book Holly for a speaking engagement please email contact@oceanfutures.org

General Bio

Holly is a marine biologist with a degree from the University of California-- Santa Barbara and for more than fifteen years has explored the world with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team. A member of the expedition team for all eleven hours of the PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures, Holly acts as a liaison with scientists, and is responsible for confirming the factual accuracy of Ocean Futures Society documentaries and publications. As a marine educator, she has taught thousands of children and adults about the wonders and fragility of the marine environment and the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations.

Holly has been a marine educator for almost 20 years and, with the mentoring of Jean-Michel Cousteau, she has been involved with creating Ocean Futures Society’s consistent theme: the ocean is connected to the existence and lifestyle of every human being. For her educational outreach efforts, in 2009 Holly was honored with the Hall of Fame award from the San Juan School district in her hometown, Sacramento, California.

Jean-Michel’s father, Jacques Cousteau, often said, “People protect what they love” and through Holly’s stories, knowledge and passion, we understand the ocean’s importance and allure. Children and adults fall in love with the ocean and these adventures, which contain the critical message that we are all part of the web of life.