Cousteau 'Blue Planet' tour visits Minnesota

Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and an explorer in her own right, brought her Expedition Blue Planet investigation of global water issues to Minnesota early this month.


Alexandra Cousteau, left, interviews Ally
Ede, a Mound Westonka High School
student, about her winning entry in the
Freshwater Society’s Water Is Life
art contest. Blyth Berg Brookman,
chair of the Freshwater board, is at center.

Traveling in a tour bus formerly used by Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, Cousteau and an international team are studying and publicizing water issues in a 14,500-mile journey across North America that is supported by the National Geographic Society and other sponsors.

Throughout the journey, the team will explore some of the great water treasures of the regions they visit, investigate water conservation issues and bear witness to stories of people from all walks of life working to solve one of the great challenges of our generation – the global water crisis.

In Minnesota, Cousteau appeared at a 4th of July celebration at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. At another stop during her Twin Cities visit, she interviewed winners of the Freshwater Society’s Water is Life high school art contest.

In 2008, Cousteau founded Blue Legacy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that employs emerging technologies to connect mainstream audiences with their local watersheds and the Earth’s water. She was honored in 2008 as a  National Geographic “Emerging Explorer,” an elite group of eleven visionary young trailblazers from around the world who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving. She also has been honored as an “Earth Trustee” by the United Nations.

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