Philippe Cousteau Jr.’s EarthEcho International Announces New Youth Leaders Joining the Fight for a Healthy Ocean & Sustainable Future for All

(Washington, D.C.) – EarthEcho International, Philippe Cousteau, Jr.’s nonprofit dedicated to building a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet, announced the addition of 11 new members to its Youth Leadership Council (YLC). Comprised of young environmental champions from the United States, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Ireland, Peru, and the United Kingdom, ages 15-24, the EarthEcho YLC helps to expand the impact of the organization’s worldwide programs and partnerships. EarthEcho also announced a new class of Water Challenge Ambassadors, a growing network of youth promoting local community action to protect waterways around the globe.

“Each year, EarthEcho has the honor of welcoming a new dedicated group of problem solvers and emerging visionaries to its ranks,” said founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr. “With unique life experiences and perspectives, the diverse youth joining EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council and Water Challenge Ambassadors represent the energy and audacity that will drive positive change for the planet and all of us who call it home. We are excited to welcome these dynamic young advocates to EarthEcho.”

Serving two-year terms, the YLC is the guiding voice driving the development and implementation of EarthEcho’s global programs designed to strengthen agency in young people worldwide to build a durable conservation movement. The YLC unites 28 young people, selected through a competitive application process, who have demonstrated an ability to mobilize their communities to have a positive impact on our planet. EarthEcho’s youth leadership work is made possible through the support of the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund, Northrop Grumman, and both the Campaign for Nature – Oceans and the Ocean Defense Initiative, projects of Resources Legacy Fund.

The new YLC members will convene virtually to help lead EarthEcho’s annual Youth Leadership Summit from August 6-7, 2021. During the two-day event they will host youth from around the world in an opportunity to learn from their peers and thought leaders from organizations including Xylem Watermark, the National Ocean Protection Coalition, and many more.

The new 2021 EarthEcho YLC members are:

Mina Adabag - Minneapolis, MN

Myroslava Fisun - Albany, CA

Amelia Fortgang - San Francisco, CA

Maanit Goel - Sammamish, WA

Brayden Jones - Louisa, VA

Nicolas Lama - Riviera Beach, FL

Ariann Landaverde – Santa Clarita, CA

Maggie Peacock - Lipan, TX

Amanda Sun - Sunnyvale, CA

Isaac Yebio - Rockville, MD

David Yoon - Greenville, NC

Visit our Youth Leadership Council page to learn more about the work of the YLC and its members.

EarthEcho welcomes 21 new environmental stewards from 13 U.S. states and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico to its Water Challenge Ambassadors program this year. The EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors program engages youth ages 13-22 who endeavor to increase knowledge of local water resources throughout their communities by leading citizens through water quality monitoring events and water restoration and conservation programs. To learn more about this year’s Water Challenge Ambassadors, visit  

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