Jean-Michel Cousteau travels the globe as a diplomat for the ocean, meeting with world leaders and policymakers from the grassroots level to the highest echelons of government and business, educating thousands of students every year, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his expertise, enthusiasm and support to energize alliances for positive change.
Mr. Cousteau works across all forms of media. Producing over 80 films, he has received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 1989, he became a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times where his articles appeared in over sixty newspapers worldwide.
He reaches millions of people across the globe through his adventure programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines, newspaper columns, and public lectures.
In 2006, Mr. Cousteau’s initiative to protect the Northwest Hawaiian Islands took him to the White House where he screened his PBS-KQED documentary, Voyage to Kure, for President George W. Bush. The President was inspired to declare the 1,200-mile chain of islands a Marine National Monument—at the time, the largest marine protected area in the world.
Mr. Cousteau has many “firsts” over his career. In February 2002, he became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. On Earth Day 1997, Jean-Michel led the first undersea live, interactive, video chat from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef. In 1998, he participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN to highlight the International Year of the Ocean. Mr. Cousteau received the first Environmental Hero Award, presented to him by then-Vice President Gore at the White House National Oceans Conference in 1998. Mr. Cousteau has also spearheaded numerous creative businesses and innovative architectural designs involving the ocean. A member of the Ordre National des Architectes, he has developed artificial floating islands, schools, museums, exhibits and resorts, most notably the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, and L’Aventure Jean-Michel Cousteau, a flagship dive operation at the resort in Fiji. He has received a great many awards, honorary degrees and distinctions from governments, universities, and organizations around the world.