Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur, Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life’s mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world.
Philippe is a special correspondent for CNN International where he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra. He is also the host of the syndicated series Amazing Planet. As an author, Philippe has cowritten many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash!, both of which have won multiple awards including 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.
His philanthropic efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004, Philippe founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization that is creating a whole new generation of environmental citizens; 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Conservancy, 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.
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. Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles California.