EarthEcho Taps a New Generation of Environmental Champions

For Immediate Release
February 29, 2016

Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International Taps a New Generation of Environmental Champions for Inaugural Youth Leadership Council

(Washington, D.C.) EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping youth with resources to act now for a sustainable future, today announced the formation of its Youth Leadership Council.  Comprised of 15 young environmental leaders from across the country, ages 15-22, the EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council will help to expand the impact of the organization’s programs and partnerships worldwide.  

“Every day, EarthEcho works with young people around the globe who are engaged and motivated to change our world; they are a new generation of visionaries who see past the challenges to solutions and opportunities,” said EarthEcho International President, Philippe Cousteau, Jr. “The EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council brings together an outstanding group of these environmental advocates and problem solvers who are committed to inspiring and empowering others to take action now for a sustainable future.”

Serving two-year terms, the members of the EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council will: provide guidance for the organization’s youth-facing programs and resources; advise partner organizations and other external groups on the development of youth strategies; represent the organization at events, conferences and trainings; and serve as ambassadors for EarthEcho programs by executing environmental service projects in their local communities.

Each of EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council members have demonstrated a dedication to addressing and working to solve a range of environmental problems through successful programs and organizations.  The 2016 EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council members are as follows:

Becky Shelton (Seattle, WA);                   D’amy Steward (Coronado, CA);

Delaney Reynolds (Miami, FL);                Elizabeth Sherr (Gainesville, FL);

Evan Barnard (Johns Creek, GA);            Gloria Li (Gainesville, FL);

Hannah MacDonald (Alpena, MI);            Julie Fukunaga (Lodi, CA);

Katelyn Higgins (Winterville, NC);            Megan Rosenberger (Natrona Heights, PA);

Mia Nixon (Greenwich, CT);                     Oscar Psychas (Gainesville, FL);

Ruby Rorty (Santa Cruz, CA);                  Shania Santana (Chicago, IL); and

Sohil Shah (Chapel Hill, NC)

About EarthEcho International

EarthEcho International’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.  We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2000 by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  EarthEcho’s 21st century tools and interactive resources equip youth to identify and solve environmental challenges starting in their own communities. For more information about EarthEcho International, visit Follow us on Facebook:, Twitter: and Google+:


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