Photograph courtesy Alexandra Cousteau
Name: Alexandra Cousteau
Place of Birth: California
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Explorer and Global Water Advocate
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I first went on expedition with my family when I was four months old. I have always wanted to continue in the tradition of exploration and travel the world investigating water issues.
How did you get started in your field of work?
I very much inherited a passion for the natural world from my family that has grown into a desire to engage people in conversation about the conservation of our water resources for a healthy planet and productive societies.
What inspires you to dedicate your life to freshwater?
Water issues touch every aspect of life on our planet and of our societies. The issues we face are challenging and working towards solutions is both urgent and fascinating.
What’s a normal day like for you?
Every day is different. Some days I'm on the water, or climbing a mountain, and others I'm in an airport or board room. The sheer diversity of what I do is part of what I find so thrilling.
If you could have people do one thing to help save freshwater, what would it be?
Protecting freshwater has a lot to do with both where and how you live. Identify your local watershed and find out what threatens it and how you can help protect it.
What are your other passions?
Horseback riding, scuba diving, and rowing.
What do you do in your free time?
If there is anything that I've learned from starting my non-profit, Blue Legacy International, it is that having your own business has a way of eating up all your free time.
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