The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
The TV series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" would change his life again. Upon signing a $4.2 million dollar contract, the series would run for four years, with three shows a year.
After filming underwater wonders most of his life, the places he revisited scared him. It was an epiphany. Plants were being poisoned. Fish were sick and dying. Garbage and dangerous chemicals were being dumped willy-nilly into the ocean. He knew he had to do something about it. Jacques spoke to presidents, kings and queens and people all over the world.
In 1974, the Jacques Cousteau Society was created to educate people about the seas and protect the environment. Within a year, the Cousteau Society had 120,000 members. Unfortunately, Philippe, his son, who worked as a leader in the Cousteau Society died in a helicopter crash. His son Jean-Michel often worked with him after that.
In 1985, President Reagan gave him the Medal of Freedom and in ’89, he earned membership into the French Academy.
When interviewers wanted to know how to attribute his success, Jacques-Yves Cousteau said, “Il faut aller voir." (Translated that means: “We must go see for ourselves.")