Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau is a dedicated advocate for the protection of the water planet. As a voice for the ocean, he inspires and educates audiences worldwide about the need to act responsibly and preserve the fragile underwater ecosystems that are so intricately tied to all life on earth.

As an explorer, environmentalist, educator and filmmaker, Jean-Michel has dedicated himself for the past five decades to communicating to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.

Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father, Jacques Cousteau, at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. Honoring his heritage, he founded Ocean Futures Society to carry on the pioneering work of his father.

As Ocean Futures Society’s spokesman, Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media including award winning educational programs and film productions.

He has produced over 80 films, including, in 2015, his first IMAX film, “Secret Ocean 3D.” His most recent film, ‘Wonders of the Sea 3D,’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and is due to be released in early 2018.

Jean-Michel has received an Emmy, a Peabody Award, the Sept d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 1998, he was honored with the Environmental Hero Award, presented to him by then-Vice President Gore at the White House National Oceans Conference.

And in 2016, he was received the highest French civilian order of distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor by the President of France, François Hollande.

(Photo of Jean-Michael Cousteau by Tom Ordway / Ocean Futures Society.)