A National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
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Through public events, speaking engagements, community action days, and shaping the conversation on water and ocean issues in the media, Alexandra fulfills her mission to inspire people to take action and protect water in the places that they love.
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Alexandra has been going on expedition since she was an infant, joining her parents on location when they were filming for "Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" from 1976 to 1979, and then intermittently joining her grandparents on the Calypso until the early 1990s. For Alexandra, being with her crew on expedition is where she feels most alive and most at home.
Building on the Cousteau legacy of exploration and “experiential storytelling,” Alexandra has led Blue Legacy expeditions across 6 continents to tell some of the most critical water stories of our time. These interactive expeditions tell stories directly from the field to generate excitement and understanding around critical water issues with a network of media partners. Alexandra has produced over 100+ short films, thousands of images, blogs, and public engagement with over 100 million media impressions a month while she was in the field. These expeditions allow traditional and online media outlets to more effectively engage audiences and drive productive discussion around how people can protect their water and the places they love.
Blue Legacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Alexandra Cousteau – an iconic global water ambassador and explorer – who continues the storytelling legacy of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Blue Legacy’s mission is to empower people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time.
Through strategic collaborations, Blue Legacy infuses environmental science, technology, and exploration into digital media and storytelling assets to build public awareness of the interconnectivity and importance of local watersheds and global water resources, and to inspire more sustainable water management actions by business leaders, elected officials, communities, and citizens.
Alexandra joined forces with Oceana in 2011 as Senior Advisor to help mobilize awareness and support for the organization's important work. She has joined Oceana expeditions, events and campaigns to help propel their important work to ever larger audiences and deeply believes in the mission and track record of the organization.
Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species . Their offices in Europe, North America, Central America and South America work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. They believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Their scientists work closely with their teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.
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