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Sipadan has not changed – French explorer

Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: Sipadan is still the same as it was in 1988, when world famous French underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau made his remark, “I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” Making this claim recently was none other than the late explorer’s own granddaughter, Alexandra Cousteau, who is now attached with the National Geographic as an explorer. “We watched his film with the crew and it was really interesting. We were comparing how it was in 1988 to how it was now. The abundance looked to be the same and we dove on the same spots. He has written so much about it in his books – in so many other parts of the world, things have changed,” said Alexandra, who was in Sabah to explore and make a short documentary for the National Geography on the beauty of islands in Malaysia with the Scuba Zoo...


Explorer Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter visits Toledo

Toledo Blade

Spending her summers in the south of France as a child, Alexandra Cousteau would walk from one tank to the next at The Oceanographic Museum with her grandfather, the famous explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. She asked myriad questions of Mr. Cousteau, who worked as director there. But while she learned to scuba dive at a young age, she shared her apprehension of leaping into unfamiliar water, as she gave one of the keynote addresses to Toledo-area leaders and advocates at Friday's GreenTown Conference...


“Collective Power” and “Save What They Love” Dominate Leape & Cousteau’s Stance on Conservation and Adventure Travel

Adventure Travel News

Continuing its efforts to promote an adventure tourism industry that puts sustainable development and conservation at the forefront, the ATTA was proud to have two of the world’s great conservation leaders address the 2012 delegation on adventure travel issues.

Alexandra Cousteau, Co-founder of Blue Legacy and granddaughter of Yves-Jacques Cousteau, addressed the topic of using tourism to create engagement with global environmental issues through first-hand exploration and education. While detailing the world’s looming water crisis, and encouraging delegates to consider local water issues from a “ watershed first perspective” she admitted that she had little initial interest in involvement with tourism. Eventually, the continued public interest in joining her organization’s conservation missions brought her to the conclusion that a balance must be struck between conservation and sustainable nature travel. Her case for blending the two came down to witnessing the truth and power in her grandfather’s oft-quoted adage, “People save what they love and love what they know.” Alexandra’s compelling urge to educate and inform travelers towards conservation values reverberated with the Summit’s principal theme of storytelling and its power to effect actionable results...


An Interview with Alexandra Cousteau about tourism and creating engagement with global environmental issues


Chris Doyle, Executive Director of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, had the unique opportunity to sit down with Alexandra Cousteau at the ATTA's latest 2012 World Summit. During their in-depth discussion on the power of storytelling, she shared her unique view on the importance of global water issues as well as her grandfather's motto: "People protect what they love."

Sea Change

Town & Country Magazine

TVA Liable for Massive Tenn. Coal Ash Spill


Waterkeeper Alliance salutes today’s ruling by federal district court Judge Thomas Varlan stating that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was negligent in its conduct and will be held liable for damages caused by their massive coal ash spill into the Emory River and the surrounding community of Harriman, Tennessee on Dec. 22, 2008. This ruling is an important victory for the people and the waterway that were devastated by this preventable tragedy when a 70 foot tall dam catastrophically and suddenly failed at 1 a.m., sending more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash from TVA’s Kingston coal fired power plant into the surrounding community and the Emory River. Varlan ruled today that the spill was caused by a combination of TVA’s dike design, continued wet coal ash storage at the plant and geological conditions...


Q&A: Alexandra Cousteau


The new issue of Oceana magazine is hot off the presses! In this issue, I interviewed Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau, who also graces this issue's cover. The granddaughter of famed ocean explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Alexandra doesn’t take her family legacy lightly. She spends her days advocating for ocean and water conservation around the world. Oceana welcomed her as a senior advisor to the organization in February, a role she will juggle along with many others, including being a mother to her baby daughter Clémentine. Besides lending her expertise to Oceana, Alexandra is a National Geographic Explorer, founder of Blue Legacy International, and brand ambassador for Oceana expedition partner Revo Sunglasses. Here's what she had to say...


Cousteau urges protection, preservation of rivers

Watertown Daily Times

POTSDAM — The north country is awash with the world’s most precious resource, but an environmental advocate argues residents of the region should dedicate themselves to protecting and preserving its fresh water. Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of French explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will speak Saturday at Clarkson University. “I’ll be talking about exploration and sharing stories about my expeditions around North America and the world and what it means to live on a planet where water is our most critical and precious resource,” she said...