Philippe Cousteau, Guest Writer

CEO, EarthEcho International /

Philippe Cousteau is the 30 year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International, the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO. He is also co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company, and Chief Ocean Correspondent for Animal Planet and Planet Green. He is a host of Oceans, a Discovery Channel/BBC series, and, along with his sister Alexandra, hosts "Blue August" on Planet Green. He is also Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education.

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 institutions such 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 and was recently profiled by Bob Woodruff in the ABC News/Planet Green documentary, "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' 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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