Author and environmentalist Dr. Carl Safina said he has seen what lies ahead for the oceans -- and for us.
Hear his thoughts on Mon., Oct. 7 when he kicks off a new lecture series at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. In an 8 p.m. talk, "The Ocean and You," Safina will discuss "how the future of living with nature and the durability of human dignity are increasingly intertwined," according to a release.
Safina is an author and oceans advocate who has helped to lead campaigns to ban drift nets, overhaul fisheries laws, achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty, and reduce seabird and sea turtle drownings on commercial fishing lines.
"We're excited and honored to be welcoming Carl here," Jennifer Herring, president of The Maritime Aquarium, said in the release. "We all believe ourselves to be conservationists and environmentalists, but Carl lives it and inspires us all with his insights, his passion and his compelling prose."
The event opens the aquarium's lineup of 2013-14 lectures.
Safina is the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute (www.blueocean.org) at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University's Center for Communicating Science. Blue Ocean Institute's stated goal is "to create a more knowledgeable constituency for conservation through advocacy and programming."
Safina also is author of six books and roughly 200 scientific and popular publications. Among other laurels, he has won a Pew fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur "genius" grant.
Tickets for Safina's talk are $10 ($8 for members).
The event is the first of seven lectures scheduled at The Maritime Aquarium that will feature a number of other notable presenters. Also coming are:
Emmy-winning biologist and adventurer Jeff Corwin for two shows on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Environmentalist Dr. Daniel Botkin on Monday, March 10.
Sharon dentist Dr. Martin Nweeia, an expert on the rare narwhal, on Monday, April 7.
Zookeeper/TV host Jack Hanna for two shows on Tuesday, May 7.
Weston author Richard Hyman, who will talk about his expeditions aboard Jacques Cousteau's Calypso, on Monday, June 23.
For those six lectures, season subscriptions are available that include VIP seating, as well as invitations to pre-event receptions. Cost is $350. To become a subscriber or for more details, call 203-852-0700, ext. 2277 or 2219.
To reserve tickets for Safina's talk, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.