Philippe Cousteau Jr. Discusses Expo 2012 Theme
Wonder what the United States is doing at Expo 2012? In this video, explorer, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau Jr. discusses the importance of Expo 2012’s “The Living Ocean and Coast” theme, as well as the United States’ involvement in the event.
Featuring the themes of Diversity, Wonder and Solutions, the USA Pavilion was designed by Cousteau in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The 12,000-square foot exhibition space will house exhibits and programming that represent the unique and diverse nature of America’s ocean environments and coastal communities.
Cousteau serves as Chief Spokesperson for the USA Pavilion at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. He is the 31-year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Cousteau is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International, the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as President. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for a brighter future.
In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Cousteau is co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development, and marketing company. Projects include work in Green site design/planning, eco-tourism, and new media. Cousteau leverages his profile in the media to help bring awareness to important issues and inspire change.
Cousteau is also a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts documentaries and reports on environmental and humanitarian stories, and he serves as the Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education, the number one provider of K–12 broadband-delivered educational content to U.S. schools. Finally, Cousteau coauthored, with Cathryn Berger Kaye, Going Blue, A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes.
The USA Pavilion at Expo 2010 was the source of much debate. In fact, an EXHIBITOR editorial on the pavilion sparked a respectful, albeit contentious, dialogue with Foreign Policy writer Adam Minter. Click here
to read the original editorial as well as excerpts from the exchange with Minter. Don't worry though, there's a happy ending!