It’s easy to get depressed when we see destruction caused by things such as droughts and oil spills. But then you look at how quickly we can change the world when we put our minds to it. – Alexandra Cousteau
Alexandra Cousteau is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, continuing the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr.
Alexandra founded Blue Legacy International in 2008 with the mission of empowering people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time. Alexandra has led Blue Legacy expeditions across 6 continents and produced over 100 award winning short films about water issues around the world, engaging record numbers of people to take action on water conservation issues at home.
Alexandra is fulfilling her mission to inspire people through public events, speaking engagements, community action days, and shaping the conversation on water and ocean issues in the media.
• Music: Water World written and performed by Chris Birkett
• Archival Footage: Greenpeace and Prelinger Archives
Get involved in local activities to preserve and clean up our freshwater resources. We’re often told that Canada has some 20% of the world’s total freshwater resources. However, less than half of this water — about 7% of the global supply — is “renewable”. Most of it is fossil water retained in lakes, underground aquifers, and glaciers.
Monitor your use and disposal of plastic. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says. About 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the world’s waterway every year.
Support our leaders who are involved in implementing policies to address collection and recycling of waste and improving infrastructure so that less trash slips through the system and into our freshwater and ocean resources.
Visit Alexandra’s website to find out more about Blue Legacy projects
Become an Ocean Keeper through the David Suzuki Foundation
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Join the Green Heroes™ Academy and have fun as you take on challenges relating to preserving our freshwater and oceans.
A single act, done by many, makes a big difference. Join the Green Heroes™ Academy to discover green acts that are fun to do and that earn you points on your way to becoming a Green Hero too!