Cousteau Centennial – Tribute from Brazilian Congress
16 June 2010
The National Congress of Brazil pays unanimous homage to the work of Captain Jacques Cousteau on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The National Congress of Brazil presented to Francine Cousteau the Legislative Medal of Merit, the institution’s highest distinction.
The Brazilian government thus honored the memory of Captain Cousteau, who would have been 100 years old on June 11, 2010. “By presenting this award, we are also honoring the continuation of his work in Brazil through the organizations of which you are President, Mme. Cousteau,” stated Mr. Marco Maia, Vice President of the Congress.
Deputy Narcio Rodriguez from the State of Minas Gerais stated: “Your husband taught Brazilians about Amazonia and today, Equipe Cousteau is an important partner of Brazil. Your organizations can bring us an enormous amount of knowledge about environmental education and water resource management. It is this contribution as well that the Congress highlights today.”
Captain Cousteau remains very popular in Brazil. An official participant in the 1992 United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, he was dubbed “Captain Planet” by the international media, since he was the only person in the official photograph who was not a Head of State.
Mme. Francine Cousteau is President of the two not-for-profit organizations created by her husband, the Cousteau Society, founded in the United States in 1973, and, and Equipe Cousteau in France in 1981.
“I am deeply touched by this honor, coming from representatives of a great nation that has so loved my husband,” declared Mme. Cousteau. “Brazil is a country with exceptional natural resources. It is a great privilege to receive this medal and a great encouragement for the programs that we are developing together.”