Sea of Change Lifetime Explorer Award
Jean-Michel Cousteau – 2018 Lifetime Explorer Recipient
President, Ocean Futures Society
Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring our oceans. As the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work and next year he celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ocean Futures Society.
Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization, serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by communicating the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. As Ocean Futures Society’s spokesman, Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment through a variety of media and educational programs.
As Chairman of the Board and President, Jean-Michel travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers from grassroots to the highest levels of governments and businesses. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
He is a dedicated advocate for the protection of our 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.