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Alexandra Cousteau Tells Katie Couric, “The Thing Every Human Has in Common Is Our Need for Water”


Growing up, I remember watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, hosted by the legendary ocean explorer, and being captivated by his charming approach to environmental issues, not to mention his French accent. Now his granddaughter Alexandra, 34, an ecological advocate who’s been honored as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is carrying on his legacy. In July, she embarked on “Expedition Blue Planet,” a 100 day, 14,500-mile journey across our continent’s waterways to bring attention to the ever-worsening water crisis that exists right here at home. Clearly, the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a wake-up call, but Alexandra’s message is that the ongoing threats to our most precious natural resource are potentially even more devastating. Our conversation has made me think about water in a totally new way...