Explorer, social entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau is the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father and grandfather through EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit environmental education organization.
Philippe is also founder of The Global Echo Foundation, which provides resources to solve many of the challenges facing the world community from social issues impacting women and children to environmental conservation, as well as supporting social entrepreneurship.
Philippe is a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts documentaries and reports on environmental and humanitarian stories. His recent expeditions include exploration of the extreme science of climate change deep in the frozen arctic and the deforestation and indigenous rights in the Sumatran jungles of Indonesia.
Philippe is a regular speaker at conferences around the world. He has written for publications, including National Geographic, and has lectured at such institutions as the United Nations, Harvard University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a frequent contributor to CNN.com, Huffington Post, and TreeHugger.com. Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, the National Environmental Education Foundation, and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. Most recently, he was appointed founder and co-chair of the Gulf Action Network for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Philippe’s travels have taken him diving, rock climbing, trekking, and snowboarding around the world. From expeditions in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to war-torn Sarajevo, where he provided humanitarian aid, he has learned that exploring the connections between humans and the environment are as important as exploring nature itself. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.
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Philippe Cousteau’s nonprofit organization EarthEcho International has partnered with Discovery Education, Free Spirit Publishing, and other organizations to create Water Planet Challenge, the premiere online destination where middle and high school students can dare to change the world.