Philippe Cousteau: Explorer, Social Entrepreneur, & Environmental Advocate

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About Philippe

Explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau is the 32-year-old son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Yves Cousteau.  He is the President and co-Founder of EarthEcho International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to engage and empower youth to take action for a brighter future. His tools are simple—education, balanced advocacy and a commitment to action.

Philippe at 7 months old

In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Through an alliance with the University of Virginia, where he is an OpenGrounds Fellow, Philippe is aiding in the development and promotion of a revolutionary interactive game that simulates the impact of individuals and communities on the health of critical water resources.

Philippe at 5 years old with grandfather Jacques Cousteau

Most recently, Philippe announced a partnership with AdvisorShares Investments to leverage Wall Street to “do good” by launching the Global Echo Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GIVE), the first multi-manager exchange traded fund with a sustainable investment mandate where a portion of the management fee will fund a new Foundation aimed at funding solutions to many of the challenges facing the world community from social issues impacting women and children to environmental conservation, as well as supporting social entrepreneurship.

With Dominique Sumian

Philippe was chosen to be Spokesperson of the United States and his team has also been chosen by the US State Dept. to design and operate the United States Pavilion at Expo 2012, an international Exposition to be held in Yeosu, South Korea from May 12 to August 12, 2012. The theme of the Expo is “The Living Ocean and Coast.” Expo 2012 anticipates participation by more than 100 countries and international organizations and 8 million visitors.

With President Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative

Philippe is also a special correspondent for CNN International as well as host of their Going Green series. In that capacity, Philippe reports regularly on environmental and humanitarian stories from around the world. Most 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 also the coauthor, with Cathryn Berger Kaye, of Going Blue, A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands (Free Spirit Publishing), which was released in the summer of 2010 and has been awarded Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award, amongst others.

On expedition in the arctic with BBC 

Philippe has been featured in television, online, radio and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world.  He has written articles for many publications including Sport Diver Magazine and National Geographic Magazine and has lectured at such institutions as The United Nations, Harvard University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and for companies such as Google, Intel, Tyco, and more.  He is a frequent contributor to CNN.com, the Huffington Post and TreeHugger.com.

Philippe and his sister Alexandra were named to Vanity Fair magazine’s 2010 Next Establishment list in recognition of their contributions as environmental advocates. 

 With sister Alexandra (far left) and mother Jan (far right)

Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, and 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.

Diving on expedition