Environmental Advocate & Water Policy Expert
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. Cousteau is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and the 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. Read More >
TEDTalk: Connected by Water
Preserving Our Planet
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.
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.
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 innovation in filmmaking and online distribution are so critical for engaging modern audiences and motivating people to take action in shaping the future that we—and our precious children—will inhabit.
Building on the Cousteau legacy of exploration and “experiential storytelling,” speaker Alexandra Cousteau’s expeditions generate excitement and understanding about water issues and deliver “conversation-shaping” short films, blogs, images, and interactive elements that allow traditional and online media outlets to more effectively engage their audiences and drive productive discussions around the interconnectivity of water issues through the lens of watershed-first thinking. Read More >
Through award-winning multimedia, Cousteau shines a spotlight on critical water resources and combines traditional filmmaking with “live” social media campaigns designed to give mainstream audiences the opportunity to learn through credible exploration and be inspired by the thrill of adventure-based conservation. By blending timely coverage of key water issues with new media trends and technologies, Cousteau delivers a presentation that: Read Less ^
"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 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."
"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."
"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."