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Jean-Michel Cousteau
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 work.

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 Award.

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 world.

Sylvia Earle

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.

Bob Ferris
Executive Director
BMA Zoology, San Jose State University
BA Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz
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.


Denis Hayes
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 20th Century.
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.

Robert Glenn Ketchum
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 his work.

L. Hunter Lovins
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.
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Martha Marks
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.

Roderick Nash
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 preservation continues.

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. Krieger, 1979.
The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
Wilderness and the American Mind. Yale University Press, 1967.

David Orr
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.


Paul Relis

Robert Sollen
The following biographical sketch is drawn from material provided by Robert Sollen and from a January 24, 1997 article in the Santa Barbara News-Press:

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 1986.

Paul Tebo
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 Robert Carr.

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