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The Environmental Committee is pleased to announce that we will be holding an Environmental Lecture Series through the winter months focusing on global, regional and local issues. Our first lecture will be “Coral Reefs Through The Lens” by EYC member, Phil Renaud on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the EYC Conference Room.

RenaudCaptain Philip Renaud, USB (Ret), is the Executive Director of the Living Oceans Foundation and led the recent Global Reef Expedition Program, a five year circumnavigation of the globe to map and survey coral reefs of the world in an effort to reverse the decline in coral reef health. Through unbelievable underwater photographs he will be telling the story of our world’s coral reefs. His experience as conveyed through his photographic images are a wake up call for all of us. As stated in his own words - “The Global Reef Expedition was simultaneously an honor and a burden for me. Sometimes I was elated with the beauty and majesty of the coral reefs, while many times I thought I was diving on a crime scene. This coral reef crisis must be met with a bold and ambitious response to turn the tide. After all, our oceans are the heart and lungs of our planet Earth, and they must be saved.”

Phil began his career at the Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. Throughout his distinguished 25-year career in the Navy, he served as an oceanographer in a variety of positions culminating his military career as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office. Capt Renaud has been leading the Living Oceans Foundation for the last 12 years and has developed the Foundation into a world-class scientific organization dedicated to conservation of the marine environment. He is an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, sailor, skier and an active member of the EYC Green Team.

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