Jean-Michel Cousteau Carries The Olympic Torch in Athens

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Jean-Michel Cousteau once again carried the torch for world environmental concerns at ceremonies preceding the opening of the 2004 Summer Olympics as they return to the place where the games began.

“Environmental responsibility is the third pillar of the Olympic Charter along with Sport and Culture,” Cousteau said.

“Only by maintaining a healthy planet and a clean ocean can humankind hope for peace and security around the world.”

On June 5th, Cousteau led a team of 100 divers in a coastal underwater cleanup in a harbor off Athens in honor of World Environment Day.

The divers brought to the surface or tagged a multitude of discarded refuse from cars and bicycles to household machinery and tires. The effort was initiated by AEF in partnership with the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee.

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