Son of ocean explorer Jacque Cousteau , Jean-Michel Cousteau was born in 1938 and began his passionate navigation of the oceans very soon after. His dedication to emboldening and enlightening young people has led him to be one of the foremost environmentalist educators on the subject of the underwater world. Because of his particular passion for young people, and his love of documenting stories of hope and progress, Cousteau has produced over 75 films (receiving the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d'Or, and the Cable Ace Award) and produced "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures," a six-part television series that aired internationally on PBS in 2006. For over 20 years, Cousteau has remained the Executive Vice President of The Cousteau Society, and is also the founder and President of Ocean Futures Society. Among many other organizations, the Green Cross International and The Natural Resources Defense Council have been given Cousteau's partnership on the pertinent issues of protection of sensitive marine areas, oil spills, global water security, and preventing the use of damaging sonar systems. He was also instrumental in President George W. Bush's naming of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands a National Monument. It is now the largest marine conservation area in the world. In 1998, Cousteau was given the Environmental Hero Award, presented by Vice President Gore. In 2003, he was the first person to receive the Ocean Hero Award from Oceana. He is also the recipient of the International organization Reef Check's Poseidon/Lifetime Achievent award, and In January of 2003, Jean-Michel was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. The arms of his influence will surely reach generations to come.
"We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now."