Jean-Michel Cousteau Honored with the Légion D’Honneur

April 26, 2016 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Honored with the Légion D’Honneur –
The Highest French Civilian Distinction

Santa Barbara, CA – With his lifetime of achievements and exemplary public service in ocean conservation through education, awareness, and diplomacy, Jean-Michel Cousteau will be honored with the highest French civilian order of distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor.

Jean-Michel Cousteau will receive the premier French decoration by the President of France, François Hollande, on the evening of May 11, 2016 in Paris, France. He was appointed this award due to his ‘eminent merits’, and his inspiring lifelong dedication to protecting the world’s oceans for humanity now and into the future.

Jean-Michel is president and founder of Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation nonprofit, which he created to honor his father’s philosophy. With decades of experience, he continues to serve as a passionate diplomat communicating to world leaders in governments, businesses, and industries about our critical connection to our water planet. “There is only one water system,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, “the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our oceans.”

He has produced over 80 films and television specials, along with environmentally oriented adventure programs, public service announcements, web-based marine content, magazine articles, and books. Jean-Michel continues to travel the world on speaking engagements, sharing his experiences and knowledge about the state of our planet and his hopeful optimism in solving the environmental issues we face.

In being honored with this award, Jean-Michel says, “I must thank my parents, who encouraged and supported me throughout my life to always follow my dreams. Especially my mother, the often unseen, but powerful driving force behind my family, my father, and our expeditions across the world on Calypso.”

“I am honored to receive this distinguished medal, and hope that this award may draw attention to the plight of our oceans and the urgent need to protect them from the increasing threats of human activities and growing impacts of climate change,” Jean-Michel continues. “The time for action is now.”

Jean-Michel joins his father, Jacques Cousteau, who received the prestigious French decoration, Commander de la Légion D’Honneur, Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1972 for his work with the French Navy.

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