The youngest son of the renowned explorer, author, and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau -- who he says belongs in a sustainability Hall of Fame -- Pierre-Yves Cousteau is following in his father's footsteps. While there may not be one definitive way to recognize those who change human activity so that it might endure, Jacques Cousteau was not without honors. Awarded the National Geographic Society's Special Gold Medal in 1961, Cousteau would go on to join the French Academy and earn the title of commander in the French Order of Arts and of Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). These honors and others came about largely because of his conservation work, which grew out of a desire to expose the general public to otherwise unknown and inaccessible places. To do this, Jacques Cousteau made significant improvements to the very first aqua-lung prototypes, improvements that would lead to the open-circuit scuba gear that is widely used today. With this technology, Cousteau took to the seas, filming them, writing about them, and monitoring them. Before his death in 1997, Cousteau's Cousteau Society, founded in 1973, had tens of thousands of members worldwide and was contributing significant scholarship to the study of underwater ecosystems.
Today, Pierre-Yves plays a large role in not only preserving his father's legacy, but continuing the work that he left behind. In addition to serving as president of Cousteau Divers, a branch of the Cousteau Society that gets individuals to actively participate in the study and protection of the environment, Pierre-Yves is a goodwill ambassador for the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Here, the conservationist discusses the need for revolutions, his passion for photography, and why it's time to stop blaming consumers for our ecological woes.