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04/18 PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE, FOOD NETWORK HOST & VETERAN SUNNY ANDERSON, OPERATION GRATITUDE, SPAMERICAN FOOD TRUCK TOUR

April 18, 201652 min
TAKE A STAND FOR CLEAN WATER AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE! PHILIPPE COUSTEAU TELLS US ALL ABOUT IT ABOUT PHILIPPE COUSTEAU An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life-mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world. Philippe is the host and executive producer of Awesome Planet a new series that airs every Saturday morning syndicated on Fox and then Sunday free on Hulu. As a special correspondent for CNN he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra. Over the years he has hosted television series for the BBC, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. As an author, Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash both of which have won multiple awards including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award. Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good.  In 2012 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE). His philanthropic efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization that is creating a whole new generation of environmental citizens; youth equipped with the knowledge to understand environmental challenges, the critical thinking skills to solve them, and the motivation to do so. In addition, Philippe founded the GlobalEcho Foundation, a sister organization to his investment fund which donates a percentage of the fund’s management fee to support projects around the world which support woman, environmental education and micro-enterprise.  Most recently the foundation made a grant to support installment of solar panels at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo, an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women as well as much needed maternity care for thousands of women and children each year. Philippe serves on the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.  Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling. TAKE A STAND FOR CLEAN WATER AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE EARTHECHO WORLD WATER MONITORING CHALLENGE How well do you know your water?  In celebration of Earth Day this April, Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and EarthEcho International invite you to be part of the solution for clean water and healthy waterways worldwide with the EarthEcho World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC).  This international program helps all participants to better understand and protect their water resources, starting with the simple act of testing their local water and sharing the results.  Protecting the quality of water in local watersheds is a critical part of ensuring the overall health of the environment and our communities. Individuals, schools, businesses and communities -- literally anyone -- can be part of the solution with three simple steps: Test – It all begins by understanding the state of water quality in your community. Get started by purchasing a simple test kit at www.monitorwater.org;Share - Upload your results to our web portal or our Android App. Use #MonitorWater16 on social media to share your stories and photos with us and other program participants. Protect – Armed with knowledge about your local water resources, you can use the information and tools available at www.monitorwater.org to protect your community’s water every day.  Citizens from 120 countries have participated in the Challenge.  The program runs

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