Philippe Cousteau is the 30 year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org), the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO.
In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is co-founder of Azure Worldwide (www.azureworldwide.com) a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Projects include work on environmentally-friendly resorts and destinations as well as environmental programming for eco-entertainment attractions from Washington DC to Bahrain and from Singapore to Florida.
Philippe is the Chief Ocean Correspondent for both the Animal Planet and Planet Green channels, where he works on various ocean and water-focused documentary programs. Along with his sister Alexandra Philippe is the host of Blue August 2009, an entire month of programming on Planet Green Channel that celebrates our oceans. He was host of Loch Ness Revealed a one hour special which aired on Discovery Channel in the fall of 2009. In addition, he is the Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education; the #1 provider of K-12 broadband-delivered educational content to U.S. schools. Philippe is currently a host for Oceans, a new High Definition Discovery Channel/BBC series which premiered in the UK in 2008 and will premier in the US on Discovery Channel in the spring of 2010.
Philippe has been featured in television and radio programs across the country. In 2008, he was named to Smithsonian Magazine’s list of “37 under 36, America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.” 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. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. He was recently profiled by Bob Woodruff in an ABC News/Planet Green Channel special documentary entitled Focus Earth: 6 People Saving Our Planet.
Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, and the National Environmental Education Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of Discovery Communications Inc.’s Planet Green. He holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.
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.
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