SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – The Austrian-American actor turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger attended on Monday the 65th International Film Festival in San Sebastian, northern Spain, where not only did he present the film “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” he also used the opportunity to extol some of his achievements as governor of California (2003-10).
The Alpine twang of 70-year-old Schwarzenegger’s world-famous voice provides the narration for “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” an immersive underwater documentary work directed by French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, 79, whose task with the film was to advocate for greater environmentalist efforts to protect the world’s oceans.
“If the federal Government, Republicans and Democrat, and (United States President) Donald Trump and his whole White House, if they will be smart, then they would just copy exactly what we’re doing in California, because we’re doing the right thing,” Schwarzenegger said, after listing the ways in which the West Coast state had boosted its economy through pursuing green policies.
He said that one of the reasons he felt passionate about contributing to “Wonders of the Sea” was one experience as California governor, when he oversaw the implementation of the state’s first action plan to protect coastal areas – a plan that has since successfully been adopted by the all the states along the Pacific coast.
“We want to be a model for the rest of the world and this movie has shown, really, how beautiful our ocean is and how beautiful the waters are underneath and what is going on underneath. It’s a life that no-one would even know unless you go in there and do what some of our people do,” the actor said, gesturing towards Cousteau, who comes from a long line of pioneering environmentalists.
“There is only one ocean. There are 7.5 billion people on the planet and we all depend on that ocean for the quality of our lives,” Cousteau said, adding: “We have to understand that, forgetting about politics, forgetting about economy or business, we are all connected in one way or the other to the ocean.”
In order to kick-start action in the bid to protect oceans, Cousteau said it was necessary to sit down with politicians and decision-makers to communicate how important the oceans are to our livelihoods on earth.
“Every breath of air you take is coming from the ocean, whether you live near the ocean or far away,” he said.