Make a difference in this world. Learn what engineering and design can do to improve our Planet Earth.

Hello, I’m Ernie Brooks. I’m a photographer. I love the Ocean Planet.

We’re here in Santa Barbara, California, at the Jefferson Campus which is one of the homes of Brooks Institute, overlooking the beautiful Channel Islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa - just beautiful.

Just like the design of what I am holding in my hand here. This is called a GasPod. This Volkswagen by specification should be getting about 46 mpg. With this design here, on this vessel, GasPod takes the airflow and rids itself of all this burble that is behind here and makes it flow smoothly. I get up to 50 mpg. That’s my average. Driving down from Seattle to Santa Barbara where we are here today I get up to 56 mpg.

Each one of us needs to do our part to make a difference and make a change. And, this is one way here. This is a beginning.

I just returned from the high Arctic, photographing the breaking up of the ice that is there. And you can see the difference that is happening to our Planet. We’re going through global warming. We really are. There is no denying it. And the carbon that is in our atmosphere can be reduced. Just think of one thing right here: By getting better mileage, by having better air flow. and having a design that can make a difference.

Commit yourself to something that is as important as this. By making the planet a place we can all be proud of for our grandchildren, great grandchildren and beyond.
Good luck to you, and make a difference.

What we need is action, with targeted, tangible, and effective goals!

Jean Michel Cousteau is an Advocate for the Health of the Oceans and the Environment

He has produced over 80 films, received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 1989, he became a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times where his articles appeared in over sixty newspapers worldwide. Reaching millions of people globally through Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel continues to produce environmentally oriented adventure programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines, newspaper columns, and public lectures.

As Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.

Peggy Oki, from Z-Girl skateboarding legend* to life as an educator, environmental activist, accomplished artist, surfer and rock climber.

Peggy Oki is an educator, environmental activist, accomplished artist, surfer and rock climber.

A tireless advocate for cetacean rights through her Origami Whales Project, and “Let's Face It” Visual Petition campaign, Peggy has a deep commitment to our planet that drives her to inspire people around the world to make a difference.

*In the 1970’s, Peggy broke barriers in the world of skateboarding as the only female member of the Zephyr Skateboard team, made famous in the film Dogtown & Z Boys. In 2012, she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Both surfing and skating continue to be a vital part of her daily life.

Her art is a direct reflection of her love and dedication to our oceans and it’s amazing creatures, most especially the whale, “whose well-being seems inexorably tied to her own. She is their champion, on a quest to save them from our recklessness. Forged from a warrior’s heart, her beautiful paintings reveal the splendor of nature, while challenging viewers to plunge deeper into their own consciousness, compassion and commitment.” (artist and activist, Margery Spielman)

Peggy inspires not only with her art, she inspires with her actions.