Alexandra Cousteau carries the name made famous by the work of her grandfather and father with honor and pride. She not only films the underwater world with extraordinary skill but also campaigns tirelessly to preserve its health and beauty.
In 2008 Alexandra was honored by National Geographic as one of their eleven “Emerging Explorers,” a group of young visionaries from across the globe noted for their discoveries, adventures and approach to solving the problems of the planet. Early in 2009 she joined the Discovery Channel as co-host (with her brother Philippe Jr.) of Blue August and also as Chief Correspondent on Water Issues for the same channel’s Planet Green. She also served as Water Adviser and spokesperson for the global Live Earth 2010 Run for Water.
Alexandra currently serves on many different and prestigious boards and councils, including as Senior Advisor for Oceana, on the Young Global Leaders Council, the Global Water Challenge, the Science Advisory Council for George Mason University, the steering committee of the Shark Alliance and many others. The organization Healthy Child Healthy World has also appointed her a Parent Ambassador.
Many awards have come Alexandra’s way from across the world, including the Human Security Award from the University of California Irvine, the South Carolina Aquarium’s Legacy Award and the Arava Institute’s Peace Building and Environmental Stewardship Award. She is regularly featured in a range of publications from Glamour to Scientific American; she and her brother Philippe were named on Vanity Fair’s renowned “Next” list in 2010 and Cosmopolitan magazine named her alongside Tyra Banks as a “Fun Fearless Phenom.”
How to Be a Lifelong Explorer:
Innovation & Leadership Through the Lens of Exploration
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.
This Blue Planet:
Restoring Natural Abundance and Diversity to the Earth
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.
Explorer, Filmmaker, Advocate &… Mom:
The Challenge of being a 21st-Century Woman
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.
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