A life for the water planet
Explorer, environmentalist, educator, film producer--- for more
than four decades Jean-Michel Cousteau has used his vast experiences
to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love
and concern for our water planet.
Since first being 'thrown overboard' by his father at the age
of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel
has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer
Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel spent much of his life with his
family exploring the world's oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone.
After his mother's death in 1990 and his father's in 1997, Jean-Michel
founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering
Responding to his father's call to 'carry forward the flame of
his faith,' Jean-Michel's Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit
marine conservation and education organization, serves as a 'Voice
for the Ocean' by fostering a conservation ethic, conducting research,
and developing marine education programs. Jean-Michel serves as
an impassioned spokesman and diplomat for the environment, reaching
out to the public through a variety of media. He has produced
over 70 films, and been awarded the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the
7 d'Or - the French equivalent of the Emmy, and the Cable Ace
Today, as President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels
the globe, meeting with world leaders and policymakers, both at
the grassroots level and the highest echelons of government and
business, educating young people, documenting stories of change
and hope, and lending his reputation and support to help energize
alliances for positive change.
Through Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel continues to produce
environmentally oriented programs and television specials, public
service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based
marine content, books, articles for magazines and newspaper columns,
and public lectures, reaching millions of people all over the
Sylvia A. Earle is a former chief scientist of the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a leading American oceanographer.
She was among the first underwater explorers to make use of modern
self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) gear, and
identified many new species of marine life. With her former husband,
Graham Hawkes, Earle designed and built a submersible craft that
could dive to unprecedented depths of three thousand feet.
In 1990, Earle was named the first woman to serve as chief scientist
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
the agency that conducts underwater research, manages fisheries,
and monitors marine spills. She left the position after eighteen
months because she felt that she could accomplish more working
independently of the government.
Earle, who has logged more than six thousand hours under water,
is the first to decry America's lack of research money being spent
on deep-sea studies, noting that of the world's five deep-sea
manned submersibles (those capable of diving to twenty thousand
feet or more), the U.S. has only one, the Sea Cliff. "That's
like having one jeep for all of North America," she said
in Scientific American. In 1993, Earle worked with a team of Japanese
scientists to develop the equipment to send first a remote, then
a manned submersible to 36,000 feet. "They have money from
their government," she told Scientific American. "They
do what we do not: they really make a substantial commitment to
ocean technology and science." Earle also plans to lead the
ten million-dollar deep ocean engineering project, Ocean Everest,
that would take her to a similar depth.
In addition to publishing numerous scientific papers on marine
life, Earle is a devout advocate of public education regarding
the importance of theoceans as an essential environmental habitat.
She is currently the president and chief executive officer of
Deep Ocean Technology and Deep Ocean Engineering in Oakland, California,
as well as the coauthor of Exploring the Deep Frontier: The Adventure
of Man in the Sea.
BMA Zoology, San Jose State University
BA Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California
Bob’s professional journey has taken him from wildlife conservation
and habitat restoration to making seminal contributions in the
fields of environmental quality and sustainability. During
his pre-Yestermorrow days Bob helped restore the gray wolf to
Yellowstone National Park and oyster bars in the Chesapeake Bay.
He championed the cause of family farmers and pushed for conservation
practices on agricultural lands. And, more recently, he
launched the Fossil Free by ’33 movement in Southern California.
He is an accomplished writer, educator and strategic thinker who
has held senior positions with the Wildlife Habitat Council, Defenders
of Wildlife, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Community Environmental
Council. He has served on numerous boards and advisory panels
dealing with thorny issues ranging from alien invasive species
control and sewage abatement to freeway widening and airport redesign.
Bob’s current interests include green building, urban redevelopment,
transportation planning, relocalization, renewable energy, and
water systems. Bob lives in Waitsfield, VT where he hikes,
kayaks, fishes, paints and writes bad poetry in his spare time
and is learning to love winter with his wife, Carlene Marie Ramus,
a green architect and landscape designer. email@example.com
Denis Hayes left his graduate studies at Harvard's Kennedy School
of Government to coordinate the first Earth Day in 1970 - an event
often credited with launching the modern American environmental
movement. Twenty years later he headed the first International
Earth Day, with 200 million participants in 141 countries. Hayes
returned in 2000 to serve as chair of the 30th anniversary of
Earth Day, and remained as head of Earth Day Network, the group
coordinating Earth Day activities worldwide.
Today, Hayes is President & CEO of the Bullitt Foundation,
a $100 million environmental foundation located in Seattle. An
environmental lawyer by training, Hayes has published more than
100 articles, books, and papers on energy and the environment.
During the Carter Administration, he headed the federal Solar
Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory).
From 1983 to 1988, Hayes was an adjunct professor of engineering
at Stanford University. He has served as Director of the Illinois
State Energy Office, Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute,
and Visiting Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1993, he received the Charles Greeley Abbot Award of the American
Solar Energy Society, and in 2000 he was elected as a Fellow of
the Society. In 1979, Hayes received the national Jefferson Medal
for Greatest Public Service by an Individual under 35. Hayes was
awarded the John Muir Award in 1985 by the Sierra Club and has
received the highest honors awarded by the National Wildlife Federation,
the Humane Society, and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.
Time magazine selected Hayes as one of its "Heroes of the
Planet," Look magazine named him one of the 100 most influential
Americans of the 20th Century, and the National Audubon Society
included him in its list of the 100 Environmental Heroes of the
Hayes is or has been a trustee or director of Stanford University,
Greenpeace USA, the World Resources Institute, the American Solar
Energy Society, the Federation of American Scientists, the Energy
Foundation, the League of Conservation Voters, the Humane Society
of the United States, the National Programming Council for Public
Television, CERES, and Children Now.
In its centennial edition, Audubon magazine recognized 100 champions
of conservation "who shaped the environmental movement in
the 20th century." Included with such luminaries as John
Muir, Rachael Carson and David Brower, was photographer, Robert
Glenn Ketchum. Ketchum was also previously listed by American
Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography.
In the past two years he has been the recipient of the Robert
O. Easton Award for Environmental Stewardship and the Josephine
and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Award. He has also been named
the 2001 Outstanding Photographer of the Year by the North American
Nature Photography Association and Outstanding Person of the Year
2000 by Photo Media magazine. These diverse acknowledgments reflect
Ketchum's unique 30-year career dedicated not only to fine printmaking
and book publishing, but also to the issues of natural resource
management and habitat protection upon which he has focused within
L. Hunter Lovins, Esq., holds BAs from Pitzer College (Political
Studies and Sociology), a JD from Loyola University School of
Law (Los Angeles) with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Service,
and several honorary doctorates. A member of the California Bar,
she helped establish and for six years was Assistant Director
of the California Conservation Project (Tree People), an innovative
urban forestry and environmental education group. She was one
of the original cofounders of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and
codirected from 1982 until 2002. RMI is a 50-person, independent,
nonprofit, entrepreneurial applied research center with a $4.8
million annual budget, half of it earned by programmatic enterprise.
Areas of interest and expertise include Natural Capitalism, globalization,
governance, land management, energy, water, green real-estate
development, and community economic development.
Ms. Lovins has co-authored nine books and dozens of papers, and
was featured in the award-winning film Lovins On the Soft Path.
The latest book, Natural Capitalism, co-authored with RMI's CEO,
Amory Lovins, and business author Paul Hawken, was released in
September 1999 and is in its fourth printing. Work has begun with
social entrepreneur, Walter Link, on a new book, The Human Dimensions
of Natural Capitalism. Ms. Lovins was a 1982 Henry R. Luce Visiting
Professor at Dartmouth College and has taught at several other
universities and has shared a 1982 Mitchell Prize for an essay
on reallocating utility capital, a 1983 Right Livelihood Award
(often called the "alternative Nobel Prize"), a 1993
Nissan Award for an article on Hypercars, and the 1999 Lindbergh
Award for Environment and Technology. Ms. Lovins serves on the
boards of one government, two private corporations, many public
interest groups and advises numerous companies and nonprofits,
including Green Mountain Energy Company.
For more information, visit this web site: www.natcapgroup.org.
Martha Marks has enjoyed a varied career. She earned a Ph.D. in
Spanish linguistics and literature at Northwestern University, then
taught college for eleven years and published six college-level
textbooks before leaving academia to pursue other interests. Since
1992, she has been elected three times to the Lake County (IL) Board
and Forest Preserve Board (a "two-hat" office).
Martha co-founded REP America, the national grassroots organization
of Republicans for Environmental Protection, in 1995, and has served
as its president since 1996. A published nature photographer, the
author of numerous published articles and op-eds, and a frequent
speaker at environmental conferences, she also serves on the national
board of the League of Conservation Voters. Martha is featured in
Who's Who in America.
A descendant of the Canadian river explorer Simon Roderick Fraser,
Roderick Nash (Ph.D. in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
has made wilderness the focus of both his professional and his
recreational life. In 1966, Nash joined the faculty at the University
of California Santa Barbara, where he offered the nation's first
courses in environmental history. His efforts to organize an environmental
studies major led to one of the first interdisciplinary programs
in the U.S., a program he also chaired.
In 1967, Yale University Press published the first edition of
Nash's Wilderness and the American Mind. Called "a book of
genesis of modern environmentalism," it is Yale University
Press's all-time bestseller. Required reading in many environmental
studies courses, Wilderness and the American Mind has been hailed
by The Los Angeles Times as one of the "one hundred most
influential books published in the U.S. in the last quarter century."
Outside Magazine has called it "one of the books that changed
the world." Nash has written several other noteworthy books,
including The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics
(1989), which has been translated into six languages. One of the
first commercial river guides in the American West, Nash drew
on his experience navigating legendary white water rivers to write
The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West (1989).
After a 30-year career as a professor of history and environmental
studies at Dartmouth College and UCSB, Nash retired in 1994 to
focus on whitewater boating, powder skiing, and ocean cruising.
His work as an advocate for environmental responsibility and wilderness
Selected Works by Roderick Nash
American Environmentalism - Readings in Conservation
History. McGraw - Hill, 1989.
The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West.
Johnson Books, 1989.
Environment and Americans - the Problem of Priorities.
The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics.
University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
Wilderness and the American Mind. Yale University Press,
David Orr is professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.
He is one of the most lucid voices for ecology and educational reform
in the country today. His unusual breadth of academic and practical
skills takes his work well beyond the realm of theory. He is educating
college graduates, who will know how to take on the responsibility
of protecting and restoring the environment. He organized the effort
to design and build the new Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin
called by the New York Times "the most remarkable" of
a new generation of college buildings. An unusually clear thinker,
Orr has a Lincolnesque gift for conveying the complexity of our
time and the means by which we may tackle the problems that beset
us. He is the author of over one hundred articles, and his books
include: The Global Predicament: Ecological Perspective on World
Order; The Campus and Environmental Responsibility; Ecological Literacy;
and Earth in Mind.
The following biographical sketch is drawn from material provided
by Robert Sollen and from a January 24, 1997 article in the Santa
Robert Sollen was born September 29, 1921, in Menominee, Michigan.
He served with the U.S. Coast Guard, 1942-1946, and received his
BA in political science and journalism from the University of
Wisconsin in 1948. He was a reporter and editor with several newspapers,
and was a free-lance writer, before joining the Santa Barbara
News-Press in 1963. Sollen was a copy editor and reporter with
the News-Press, specializing in environmental writing, until his
retirement in 1985.
As a reporter, Sollen covered the January 28, 1969 Santa Barbara
Channel oil well blowout that spewed several million gallons of
crude oil. That disaster helped to mobilize environmental activism
nationwide. In 1968 he had won second place in the national Scripps-Howard
conservation writing contest for a series of News-Press articles
anticipating oil pollution problems in the Santa Barbara channel.
Sollen has been active in a number of local organizations, including
Get Oil Out (GOO). He also was a Santa Barbara Planning Commissioner,
1989-1991, and has taught Environmental Journalism at UCSB since
Paul Tebo is the Vice President Safety, Health and Environment
for DuPont. He and Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, were speakers
at a two-day Australian Business Leaders' Forum on Sustainability
co-sponsored by DuPont Australia.
Paul also spoke at the annual Banksia Environmental Foundation
Awards event, presenting the DuPont-sponsored Banksia International
Award to Allan Savory, a visionary on sustainability.
During Paul's visit to Australia, he also met with the Federal
Environment Minister, David Kemp, and New South Wales Premier