Jean-Michel Cousteau Marches for the Oceans and our Future

April 26, 2017 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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The National Mall, Washington, DC — World renowned explorer, environmentalist, film producer and educator Jean-Michel Cousteau continues his mission by sharing his message about the direct links between the acceleration of climate change, warming oceans and the degradation of all living systems. He will be speaking at different events during four days of organized activities in Washington D.C, leading up the People’s Climate March on Saturday April 29, 2017.

On Wednesday April 26th, Jean-Michel Cousteau will spend his day with two groups of school students. First he will meet with Ocean Guardians students from North Point High School at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They will delve into the sources and impacts of trash on the natural environment. Jean-Michel Cousteau will focus on our global water system and how students’ personal choices of products they purchase, such as single use plastics, affect the ocean. In the afternoon Jean-Michel Cousteau will join team members from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programs and visit 5th graders at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Charter School in NE D.C. This school participates in The Ritz-Carlton’s Community Footprints program which encourages students to engage, contribute and inspire. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC has had a collaboration for over twelve years, offering Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society’s Ambassadors of the Environment program of educational outdoor adventures for guests at four different The Ritz-Carlton’s properties around the world. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s visit to this school will be an opportunity for him to share his personal stories of ocean exploration and give examples of what he has witnessed in over his seventy years of diving. Partnerships and collaborations are key in creating a sustainable future. Jean-Michel Cousteau always welcomes the opportunity to share his love for the ocean with our leaders of tomorrow.

On Thursday and Friday, Jean-Michel Cousteau will devote his time to meeting distinguished Congress members and other political figures to inspire them of the dire need to mitigate against climate change. On Friday Jean-Michel will speak at a Senate forum organized by Senator Ed Markey. The event will bring together distinguished speakers with wide ranging perspectives on the challenges climate change presents from local communities to large ecosystems and to future generations.

To finish the week, Jean-Michel Cousteau will be participating in Saturday’s People’s Climate March. The march will take supporters from the US Capital Building to the White House. Similar marches will take place in cities around the world. The goal will be to urge climate deniers to understand the science behind a changing climate and the ramifications it is having on our societies and the environment.

“We now have the scientific knowledge telling us that we are facing the greatest challenge of human history: the acceleration of climate change.
The lives of all of us are undeniably linked, and our futures are critically connected. We are the only species that has the privilege to decide to not disappear,” says President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel Cousteau

Through this trip to DC, Jean-Michel hopes to encourage the government and citizens of the world to take action against climate change and promote a sustainable and healthy future for our planet. Join him and millions of others who will march for our oceans, our climate and our future. There is not planet B, and we must do everything in our power to protect the world we live on today.

“When You Protect the Ocean, You Protect Yourself.” Jean-Michel Cousteau

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About Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
The mission of Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global ocean, 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. For more information, please visit