Emmy-Nominated TV Host & Environment Advocate
Emmy-Nominated TV Host & Environment Advocate
Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather of Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is a multi Emmy-nominated TV host and producer as well as an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur.
As a social entrepreneur, Philippe is the co-founder of SeaWeed Naturals, a first-of-its-kind wellness lifestyle brand, that is creating products that bring customers the established benefits of the cannabis plant, combined with the countless powerful effects of marine botanicals like algae and seaweed. The brand is focused on using commerce to help build the emerging blue economy and set an example for how to create restorative businesses.
Philippe is the host and executive producer of the multi-Emmy nominated weekly syndicated series Awesome Planet, now in its sixth season.
Recently Philippe and his wife Ashlan were the stars of The Travel Channel’s hit series Caribbean Pirate Treasure; winner of a Cynopsis Media Award for Best Adventure Reality Series. In 2016 Philippe teamed up with his wife Ashlan to co-host Nuclear Sharks, the #1 show for Discovery’s Shark Week. In 2015, they co-hosted a three-part series with Takepart.com, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai.
As a special correspondent for CNN, he has hosted several award-winning shows, including his series Going Green which ran for four years, and the 8-part special Expedition Sumatra. Philippe has also hosted and produced television programs for Animal Planet and the 8-part series Oceans for the BBC and Discovery Channel.
His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2005 he founded EarthEcho International; a leading environmental education organization that is building a global youth movement to restore and protect our ocean planet. To date, EarthEcho has activated over 2 million youth in 146 countries through its programs.
As an author, Philippe’s children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. In addition, he has co-written, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award. His book series, The Endangereds, with Harper Collins, launched in September of 2020, and his book, Oceans for Dummies, which he co-authored with his wife Ashlan was released in February 2021.
Philippe holds an honorary doctorate in marine biology from the University of Plymouth in England. He is a sought-after speaker having hosted and keynoted various events for the United Nations, Harvard University, the University of Florida, the Society of Environmental Journalists, The Economist Magazine global summit, and countless corporate events and global conferences. He has testified before Congress several times and serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, the Board of Antarctica 2020, the Board of Directors of Green 2.0, and the Board of Advisors of the Environmental Media Association.
Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer and TV host Ashlan Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California with their daughters Vivienne and Colette, two chickens Heidi Plume and Cindy Cluckford, and rescue dog Kenai.
We all know that humanity faces an environmental crisis of epic proportions, the question is “What can we do about it?” Through a mix of rarely seen clips of his father and grandfather’s films to new selections from his own documentaries Philippe will explore the challenges we face and how to apply the legacy of innovation that has been a hallmark of his family to solve them. From philanthropy to Wall Street, new ideas are transforming how we see the world and giving hope for the future.
For far too long the oceans have been seen as a victim. Philippe will explore how the oceans can be a source of solutions and source for many of our greatest challenges, from climate change, to food security.
The United States ranks 38th in the world in science and math education. How can we solve environmental challenges if citizens don’t understand the underlying science? As the CEO and co-founder of a leading environmental education organization, Philippe believes that focusing on education is critical to prepare the next generation to face and solve these problems. He will explore his pioneering work in environmental education and in particular his focus on providing resources to educators that can bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education alive in the classroom.
He was absolutely fantastic, I keep getting email after email thanking us for having him and hosting such a wonderful event.