The Herald Sun

CHAPEL HILL —

In 2009, Alexandra Cousteau used a grant from Coca-Cola to travel the developing world for 100 days exploring water conservation issues.

But it wasn’t until a year later, when she spent 150 days traveling around North America, especially the United States, that she came to grips with the real problems. “This is the country that taught me about the crisis and where the solutions are,” Cousteau told an audience Wednesday evening in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theater at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Cousteau, granddaughter of famed explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau, spoke at the campus as keynote speaker kicking off Earth Week. She talked about her own experiences making films about the environment, as well as how she has incorporated social media to engage viewers.