Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water resources in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiative seeks to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but the human communities that rely on the purity of our freshwater resources.
Because of Alexandra’s tremendous work and relentless dedication towards these environmental issues, she was honored as a member of National Geographic’s “Emerging Explorers” Class of 2008. The program is comprised of eleven visionaries and young trailblazers from around the world who have pushed the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving. This group is recognized and supported for their inspiring and significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers.
Recently, Dutton Publishing, of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, acquired Alexandra’s upcoming book tentatively titled “This Blue Planet” which will be an exploration of different water ecosystems around the world and how they are interconnected and interdependent. She has worked as guest editor with Women’s Health magazine in the US and Elle magazine in Spain, where she is also a contributor and environmental columnist, to release the first ever “blue issues” focusing public attention on water issues.
Currently Alexandra is preparing to launch the Blue Campaign … a global campaign that recognizes that our water planet is in danger. It also recognizes that we, as individuals and communities, have the power to protect and restore our most precious resource. The Blue Campaign is the outgrowth of Alexandra’s legacy toward preservation and care of our water planet-- it is a legacy she hopes will become a collective human legacy to future generations.
Alexandra was honored as an Earth Trustee at the UN in 2007 for her work to protect the oceans. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of EarthEcho and Global Water Challenge; Dell’s Regeneration Advisory Council; the International Advisory Board of Counterpart International; the Advisory Board of the Jolkona Foundation; and the steering committee of the Shark Alliance. Alexandra holds a Political Science degree from Georgetown University and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. She has been asked to speak regarding environmental issues at such organizations as the United Nations, National Geographic, Harvard University, Smithsonian, the National Press Club, and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival.
Blue Legacy International, LLC
Blue Legacy is an initiative started in 2008 by Alexandra Cousteau. The mission of Blue Legacy is to tell the story of our water planet to the world, to inspire people to take action on critical water issues in meaningful ways and to help shape society’s dialogue to include water as one of the defining issues of our century and the primary vehicle through which climate change will be felt.