“Educating people to understand, to love and to protect the water systems of the planet, marine and fresh water, for the well-being of future generations”


To understand

Through our ship Alcyone’s expeditions to the most sensitive regions of the planet, through movies, books and publications, multimedia technology, conferences and advocacy in international media and meetings as reported in News, through educational programs with Ecotechnie Chairs at the university level and with CousteauKids in the classroom for children.

To love

Cousteau neigeThrough the link between members of the US- and France-based organizations and through the network of Cousteau Schools. Love for the environment entails diagnosing its needs and tending to it, which come at a price. To maintain their independence, The Cousteau Society and Cousteau Society accept no government subsidies. To finance projects, The Cousteau Society and Cousteau Society rely on the help of individuals. Join us! Help us! The more people who express their commitment to our cause, the more influence we have in the battles that loom ahead.

To protect

Through the Cousteau Label program for integrated development of the world’s coastal regions, through the petition for an International Court of the Environment and through encouraging potential antagonists to request arbitration of their conflicts by the Permanent Court of Arbitration of The Hague, so that the Rights of Future Generations  may be preserved.

Rights for future generations

” Every person has the right to inherit an uncontaminated planet on which all forms of life may flourish. “

Nine million signatures

Nine million people have already signed the petition for a Bill of Rights for Future Generations. Launched by Captain Cousteau in the early 1990’s, this campaign’s objective is that a formal resolution inscribe the first Article of this Bill of Rights in international law: ” Future generations have a right to an uncontaminated and undamaged Earth and to its enjoyment as the ground of human history, of culture, and of the social bonds that make each generation and individual a member of one human family. “

A new concept

The Bill of Rights for Future Generations was born of a document drawn up by Captain Cousteau after years of exploring the planet and meeting with the people who govern it. The world’s leaders, generally motivated by good intentions, are often forced to make short-term decisions in order to satisfy immediate needs or to gain immediate profits. Rare are those who envision the long-term consequences of their actions. It is future generations who will pay the costs of this state of affairs.

In 1993, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) joined the project as a partner and, in 1997, a text, reworked by international jurists, was approved by its General Conference.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel Prize-winner Kofi Annan, received President Francine Cousteau on October 17, 2001. Five children symbolizing the five continents read out the Articles of the Bill of Rights for Future Generations and Pierre Chastan, a French volunteer, delivered the latest 6,000 signatures he had collected himself alone.