Jean-Michel Cousteau

Environmental speaker Jean-Michel Cousteau continues the legacy of his father, the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, as a world-renown explorer, environmentalist, educator, oceanographer, and filmmaker. He founded the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education organization that serves as a “Voice for the Ocean.” The Society teaches conservation ethics, conducts research, and helps to develop marine education programs.

A prolific filmmaker, Jean-Michel Cousteau has also produced over 70 films, and his work has yielded him an Emmy award, the Peabody award, the 7 d’Or – the French equivalent of the Emmy, and the Cable ACE Award. His first book, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s America’s Underwater Treasures, has also received several awards in independent publishing. His newest book is a biography of his father Jacques, My Father, The Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau, which was released May 25, 2010, a few weeks before the 100th anniversary of Jacques’ birth.

Recognized as a voice for the ocean who communicates to a new generation, he continues his quest to “carry forward the flame of his faith” and to educate listeners worldwide on the importance of the oceans and preserving underwater ecosystems.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Speech Topics

The Great Ocean Adventure
Drawing from over 40 years of experience exploring the world, designing, and studying the ocean realm, environmental speaker Jean-Michel Cousteau provides a wealth of stories and knowledge from his adventurous life. Using his experiences designing artificial floating islands, schools, and environmentally responsible ocean-oriented resorts, Cousteau explains how his formal education in architecture provided him with the theories he has applied to the environment of the water as an oceanographer. Taking audiences on a tour of his childhood dreams of underwater cities to the reality of his accomplished career as an architect, Cousteau’s “Great Ocean Adventure” inspires the imaginations and dreams of all who witness it.

The Sustainable Future: Preserve the Oceans, Protect Ourselves
As the founder of the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education organization, Jean-Michel Cousteau 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. Cousteau, who is also on the cutting edge of environmentally responsible architecture, documents the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrates the ocean’s vital importance to our survival.