WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 10, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) –

WHAT:

Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and a documentary film crew will travel to environmental hotspots in South Florida with scientists to conduct research in the field and investigate how increases in both air and water pollution may be threatening local treasured resources. Along the way, they will meet with local community leaders and youth who are taking action to mitigate these environmental threats.

WHO:

This activity is part of part of EarthEcho Expeditions, an annual program that leverages the thrill of adventure to bring science education alive for today’s 21st century learners.

WHEN:

September 16-19, 2014

ACTIVITIES:

— Students from Rockway Middle School in South West Miami will cultivate coral as part of a larger community-wide restoration effort;

— Philippe Cousteau will look at how scientists from the USGS are monitoring coral regrowth in areas impacted by reduced water quality;

— Fifteen students and three educators from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, will work with the EarthEcho team and local organizations to reintroduce native plant species in critical stormwater treatment areas. These students are part of the U.S. Department of State Youth Leadership Program, implemented in partnership with World Learning Inc.; and

— A Google Hangout event celebrating World Water Monitoring Challenge will be hosted by EarthEcho to demonstrate water testing from the field and answer questions from students tuning in LIVE across the world. For more information: http://bit.ly/1o6Yh4G.

Available for interviews:

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Co-Founder and President, EarthEcho International

— Stacey Rafalowski, Education Director, EarthEcho International

— Joshua Carrera, Board Member, EarthEcho International

About EarthEcho Expeditions
EarthEcho Expeditions is an annual program that travels the world to engage young people in a voyage of discovery. Inspired by the work and legacy of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau, Sr., EarthEcho Expeditions leverages the thrill of adventure to bring science education alive for today’s 21st century learners. EarthEcho Expeditions transform learning for middle and high-school students through three phases that span a year of youth engagement and community action. The program launched September 2013 with EarthEcho Expedition: Into the Dead Zone and an exploration of one of the world’s largest aquatic dead zones located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more information visit www.earthecho.org/expeditions and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/earthecho, Twitter: www.twitter.com/earthecho and Google+: www.google.com/+EarthEcho.