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Alexandra builds upon more than 60 years of global name recognition to engage people who expect to hear credible environmental information from the third generation of this pioneering family of explorers. For millions around the globe, “Cousteau” is synonymous with discovery and protection of our natural world.
Born into the family legacy, Alexandra joined her parents in Easter Island on her first expedition at just four months old. By the age of three, she had toured Africa, exploring Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda and Kenya in the arms of her father. And like her father, she is one of the few who learned to dive with SCUBA from Captain Cousteau himself at the tender age of seven.
It is against this backdrop that Alexandra weaves the romance of adventure and discovery into a modern call for action.
Alexandra’s thought provoking presentation certainly complemented the mission of the Series and captivated our diverse audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members. We are still receiving compliments from those who attended the lecture, the private dinner, and the students who participated in the classroom discussion with her.
Alexandra is a communicator. She captures audiences through her presence, her passion, and her genuine desire to engage people by offering them hope. Alexandra knows her science and knows how to convey critical issues in compelling, moving ways. She is a gifted storyteller, which makes her presentations real and accessible to any audience. Alexandra is also a listener. Her audiences sense this and feel a direct connection with her as she speaks. We are fortunate Alexandra has chosen to apply her many talents to communicating about protecting our planet.
Alexandra combines her celebrity with an easy intelligence to produce winning strategies for mobilizing awareness of the major development issues of our time. She is very well respected within the environmental and development community for her vision, her presence, and her passion for the issues.
Alexandra has the keen intellect, the philosophical depth and scope, and the ethical rudder to mark her as a serious and important leader in the future. Her grandfather, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, could not have dreamed of a granddaughter who would be such a paragon of the virtues he espoused. She is on the clear trajectory of leadership, a virtual star in the making.
By inspiring concern and commitment for the environment in today’s youth, Alexandra is continuing her family’s legacy for future generations; through her work with critical foundations and nonprofit groups, she is making a difference on land and in the oceans. This is what it means to be a Cousteau.
Ms. Cousteau continues her family’s legacy of educating us about the magnificence and fragility of our environment. Her inspiring first-hand observations are both entertaining and empowering.
Alexandra is her own woman, with her own experienced, educated, intelligent and compassionate voice. She’s a fabulous, articulate, smooth speaker. Any project with her will be the better for her involvement because she cares for what she’s doing. Alexandra has visited the seas and lands where humanity comes from, and she understands the many options for the courses we might chart. On a planet where water is destiny, the advantages a connected, compassionate personality like Alexandra brings are inestimable.
Alexandra Cousteau is an explorer of our water planet. And when it comes to authentic and impactful storytelling, expeditions are just as important today as they were when Captain Cousteau first sealed cameras in Bell jars to explore the depths. But exploration is not just about discovery: it’s also about leadership and innovation.
Highlighting the revolutionary inventions made by her grandfather and the cutting-edge ways that Blue Legacy reaches a worldwide audience, speaker Alexandra Cousteau encourages everyone to be an explorer – and protector – of our water planet, because as the primary shareholders who enjoy the dividends of healthy water systems, we are all connected, and we are all in this together.
Cousteau brings audiences on a journey from her earliest memories with her grandfather teaching her to scuba dive to her many adventures today. Along the way, she provides a unique perspective on how important it is to be not only an endlessly curious observer of the world but also an active participant in its preservation. Cousteau is leading communities to “take back” their water and make an investment in their future guaranteed to pay dividends.
On December 7, 1972, the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft took a photograph of the Earth at a distance of about 45,000 km. This iconic picture – The Blue Marble – captured what can only be truly appreciated from space: the fact that we live on a water planet. Yet while 70 percent of Earth is covered by water, only a tiny percentage (0.001 percent) of that water is fit for human consumption and accessible to aquatic and terrestrial species. Although the amount of water on the planet has remained nearly the same since the Earth was first formed, human impacts have substantially reduced the amount of water that is available for us to drink, fish from, and swim in.
As our blue planet continues its orbit, environmental advocate and speaker Alexandra Cousteau urges us to view global water issues not as a disparate collection of unrelated problems, but rather through a systems-based approach that recognizes the fundamental interconnectivity of these issues and places renewed emphasis on protecting our planet’s most vital resource.
Cousteau advocates an approach that recognizes how crucial it is to preserve natural water systems while taking into account the numerous demands, threats, and developments within a watershed. From managing resources and addressing pollution to planning appropriately for the placement of cities, factories, and farms, we must focus on careful economic planning and ecosystem-based management to preserve and sustain a healthy Earth for generations to come.
While she has traveled across the globe to the most remote and exotic locations imaginable, speaker Alexandra Cousteau’s greatest discovery was giving birth to her baby daughter. This transformative experience has reinforced her conviction in the importance of protecting our water planet and has given her the chance to reach out to mothers and women everywhere to provide them with a message of inspiration to lead a pioneering life – and to never give up on their dreams.
As women increasingly compete for the highest-level positions in politics and the workforce of the 21st century, they face new challenges balancing the demands of their career and family life.
Yet the new century presents many exciting new opportunities. Highly educated, empowered with technology, and driven by the notion that nothing less than complete equality on all fronts will suffice, women are not only impacting the agenda – they are writing it.
Cousteau tells a story about going against the grain – taking chances in life and following her own vision – in order to demonstrate why women are so critical to shaping the future that we – and our precious children – will inhabit.