Expedition Blue Planet 2010
In 2010, Alexandra Cousteau and her international Expedition Blue Planet team traveled across North America on a 17,100-mile journey to investigate global water issues “in the backyard” of the world’s largest consumer economy. Living, working and exploring water stories together, Alexandra and her team used everything from the underwater gear invented by her grandfather, to the latest in satellite technology and live social media, to bring the thrill of adventure and the wonders of nature to audiences across the globe.
Through the lens of this latest expedition, global audiences have had the rare opportunity to join the expedition from an entirely new angle: sitting down with the crew as they discussed the work of the day over meals they had prepared as a traveling “family,” seeing firsthand the camaraderie and adventure of solving problems in the field, and experiencing the thrill of discovering grand places and meeting everyday people in cities and villages along the way.
Traveling across canyons, mountains and prairies to reach the coral reefs of Florida, the team experienced more than six distinct ecosystems and worked in everything from urban to wilderness and ocean environments. Along the way, the team was joined by visiting artists, musicians, writers and celebrities who met up with the Expedition in many cities along the route to host “watershed” awareness and action days where local citizens joined the team to work on watershed restoration projects.
Throughout the journey, the team explored some of the great water treasures of the region, investigated issues surrounding water conservation, and heard stories of people from all walks of life who are working to solve one of the great challenges of our generation--the global water crisis.