Actor and environmental activist Ted Danson will deliver the Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture, “Fish Tales: How Ocean Conservation Became My Passion,” Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.
Danson’s recent book is “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them.” Danson will share his personal transformation from actor to activist and his passion for oceans. He will explore the threats to our oceans and celebrate recent success stories, including more than 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.
Danson founded the American Oceans Campaign (AOC) in 1987 to alert Americans to ocean abuses. In 2001, AOC merged with Oceana, which works to show citizens how they can participate in protecting and restoring marine resources.
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 for a Sustainable Future, the Iscol Lecture recognizes interdisciplinary scholarship on the frontier of scientific inquiry and provides opportunities for Cornell students, faculty, staff and the public to gain new knowledge about pressing environmental issues.