This weekend, Jean-Michel Cousteau was elected to succeed Mikhail Gorbachev at the helm of Green Cross International. Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, has continued the family tradition and been recognized globally as a leading advocate for ocean and environmental protection. In May 2016, his lifetime achievements and exemplary public service in ocean conservation was honored with the highest French civilian order of distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honour.
“We are in a strategic phase for the whole Green Cross family,” said Cousteau in a statement. “It is essential to build, jointly and peacefully, the pillars of a desirable future [and] maintain the link between peace and climate.”
Cousteau was chosen by the Green Cross International Board at its annual meeting – which was held this year in Moscow. His commitment to environmental causes, particularly the protection of oceans and water, has spanned over four decades, during which time Cousteau has produced more than 80 films and been recognised with Emmy, Peabody, 7 d’Or, and Cable Ace Awards.
Mikhail Gorbachev will continue to support Green Cross International as its Founding President and a member of the Board.