CANCELLED! 18th - Philippe Cousteau, Jr. - Climate of Opportunity: Building the Environmental Movement of the Future

Climate of Opportunity: Building the Environmental Movement of the Future
Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Philippe Cousteau
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:10pm
Hill Auditorium
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
School for Environment and Sustainability


As you know, the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been rapidly evolving, and there are now confirmed cases in southeast Michigan. As much as we regret to do this, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from public health officials, we have CANCELED all in-person aspects of the Wege Lecture & Earth Day 2020, which were scheduled at Hill Auditorium tomorrow night. At this time, we must make the health and safety of all in our community a top priority.

Our commitment to climate action is unwavering, and we are working to bring back many of the speakers at a later date. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available on future plans.

Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather of Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is an multi Emmy-Nominated TV host and producer as well as an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He and his wife Ashlan are the stars of The Travel Channel’s newest series Caribbean Pirate Treasure. It follows the Cousteau's as they travel around the Caribbean, diving into maritime mysteries, exploring pirate histories and investigating the lore of lost treasures. In addition, Philippe is the host and executive producer of the multi-Emmy nominated series Awesome Planet, now filming its fourth season which is syndicated on Fox and Hulu. He is also producer and host of a three-part series exploring innovation for sustainability in business sponsored by United Technologies.

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, 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 Going Green and 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.

Philippe has served as a consultant on a select group of international resort developments where he advises on best practices for social and environmental sustainability and his team designs immersive and meaningful 21st century experiences that leverage local environmental and cultural assets to redefine destinations. In 2012 he was the president and spokesperson of the US Pavilion at the Yeosu World Expo in South Korea. His firm designed, built and operated the Pavilion in partnership with the United States Department of State.

As an author, Philippe latest children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. In addition, he has co-written two award-winning books, 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 conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet.

Each year the Center for Sustainable Systems based at the School for Environment and Sustainability, invites an internationally recognized expert to deliver the Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability at the University of Michigan. This annual Lecture Series focuses on critical issues of sustainability and honors Peter M. Wege for his many outstanding contributions to the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems and to the environmental field. This Lecture Series addresses important sustainability challenges facing society in the 21st century including: energy security and declining fossil resources, global climate change, freshwater scarcity, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss; and sustainable development strategies for mobility, buildings, and other complex systems for meeting human needs in both developed and developing countries.

This event is free and open to the public, but will require a ticket!  Tickets Available February 3, 2020