Alexandra Cousteau is the granddaughter of explorer and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and daughter of oceanographer and filmmaker Philippe Cousteau. She has continued in their footsteps by dedicating herself to environmental campaigning on a global scale.
“People protect what they love”
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable water management. Her foundation, Blue Legacy, works to promote water as the defining environmental and social issue of our times.
Blue Legacy’s global initiatives leverage both traditional media and emerging technologies and social networks to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
In 2008 Alexandra was named as a National Geographic ‘Emerging Explorer’, a group of eleven young trailblazers from around the world who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving.
Alexandra received the 2011 Human Security Award at the University of California, Irvine in recognition of her accomplishments in raising awareness of the global water crisis.
In honour of Alexandra, ‘water’ will be our theme for the month of November. From water-themed photo competitions, to splash-happy travel destinations, we’ll be highlighting the beauty, wonder, and danger of the planet’s waterways.