Join the legendary environmentalist and oceanographer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicating to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Paul Gauguin Cruises is proud of our 14-year association with Mr. Cousteau and honored to welcome him aboard these upcoming sailings of the m/s Paul Gauguin:
Join us and enjoy an opportunity to meet Mr. Cousteau in person. As our special guest, he will offer a series of lectures with videos of his work in the world’s oceans, as well as accompany several dives from the ship.
About Jean-Michel Cousteau
In 1999, Jean-Michel Cousteau's passion for the sea led him to found the Ocean Futures Society, whose mission is to explore the world’s oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. Mr. Cousteau serves as president and chairman of the board.
Reaching millions of people globally through this organization, Mr. Cousteau has produced environmentally oriented adventure programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines, and public lectures.
As Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, he also travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business, lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
In addition to these milestones, Mr. Cousteau has produced more than 80 films and received numerous prestigious awards, including the Emmy, Peabody, 7 d’Or, and Cable Ace Awards.
Since 1989, Mr. Cousteau has also served as a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In this capacity, his articles have appeared in more than 60 newspapers worldwide.
In the course of these activities, Mr. Cousteau has been recognized for a number of “firsts” in a variety of arenas. For example, in February 2002, he became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, joining luminaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Africa), John Glenn (The Americas), Kazuyoshi Funaki (Asia), Lech Walesa (Europe), Cathy Freeman (Oceania), Jean-Claude Killy (Sport), and Steven Spielberg (Culture).
In another “first,” on Earth Day 1997, he led the first undersea live, interactive video chat from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from “armchair divers” throughout the world. And in 1998, he participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN to highlight the International Year of the Ocean, discussing NASA’s contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut and marine biologist, Rick Linnehan.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Cousteau has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Environmental Hero Award, presented to him in 1998 by then-Vice President Gore, and in 2003 he was inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame.
An architect by training, Mr. Cousteau began his career by founding Living Design, an architectural firm that specialized in marine architecture and has a long history of innovative design in the field of architecture and the ocean. More recently, he has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, conceived as a model to prove to the business community the economic benefits of environmental concern and design.
He is the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.
Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program†
Jean-Michel Cousteau is committed to the belief that the survival of the world’s oceans depends on capturing the imagination at a young age. In order to ensure that conservation remains a priority among future generations, he created the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program under the auspices of the Ocean Futures Society.
This unique, groundbreaking program introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems. Young Ambassadors explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails, and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They also learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore. The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is available on all cruises June 1 – August 17, 2013, and December 21 and 28 Holiday sailings, for a nominal fee of $299 per child.
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†The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is featured aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin on 2013 cruises for a nominal fee of $299 per child.