Youth Leaders from Around the World Join Philippe Cousteau Jr.’s EarthEcho International in the Fight to Restore Our Ocean Planet

(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 13 new members to its Youth Leadership Council (YLC). Comprised of young environmental champions, ages 15-24, from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines and Spain, the EarthEcho YLC expands 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.

“The diverse youth joining EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council and Water Challenge Ambassadors bring the energy, unique perspectives and focus to reimagine the environmental movement,” said EarthEcho Founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr. “We look forward to working with these emerging leaders as they take action and forge a new path for the future of our planet.”

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 25 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 HP, the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund, and both the National Ocean Protection Coalition and Ocean Defense Initiative, projects of Resources Legacy Fund.

The new 2022 EarthEcho YLC members are:

Alyssa Reynolds - St. Catherine, Jamaica

Anya Bansal - Edison, New Jersey, USA

Artash Nath - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Brigitta Gunawan - West Java, Indonesia

Cameron Armstrong – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Chloe Wetzler – Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Gisela López Béjar - Barcelona, Spain

Kyra Stillwagon - Savannah, Georgia, USA

Mae Chew - Selangor, Malaysia

Mahfudh Khamisi Omar - Mombassa, Kenya

Mia Niña Maria Catipon - City of Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Maraki Tamrat - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Marianela Pepe - Neuquén, Argentina

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

EarthEcho welcomes 20 new environmental stewards from 11 U.S. states as Water Challenge Ambassadors this year. The EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors program equips young leaders, ages 13-22, to become community scientists as they test water quality at their local bodies of water, share that data through a global database and use that data to engage community members in waterway restoration and conservation. The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the support of Xylem Inc. To learn more about EarthEcho’s 48 active Water Challenge Ambassadors, visit  

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