Granddaughter of famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Alexandra Cousteau, was spotted having dinner at Elvi’s Kitchen last week and our curious cameras were on site to snap this picture of the famous marine activist along with Chef Jennie Staines.
Alexandra was in Belize as guest speaker of the one-day conference on The Energy of Nature vs. The Nature of Energy, held by Oceana at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. Oceana’s Vice President in Belize, Janelle Chanona, said the day’s presentations were intended to start a conversation as the conference brought together Belizean leaders in tourism, fisheries, investment and the scientific arena to provide academically informative and objectively provocative information about this nationally important issue.
Within such context then, Oceana Belize is keen to promote informed decision-making on the issue of offshore oil exploration and drilling in Belizean waters.
Alexandra Cousteau said: “The very first time I came here, I felt at home because Belize has something that belongs to all of us, which is why it is designated as a World Heritage Site. Not many countries in the world have what Belize has, and this is why so many people want to come here and enjoy it, because it is part of our global legacy to our children.”
Alexandra was also in Caye Caulker where she briefly spoke to the youth about the importance of the sea. She said that what motivated her to promote ocean conservancy was the legacy of her grand father and father, they had her all over the world making films from when she was three years old. Since then she fell in love with ocean.
Alexandra Cousteau is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on marine issues, who continues the work of her renowned, ocean exploring grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Alexandra’s global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
In 1971, Jacques-Yves Cousteau brought his ship, the Calypso, to Belize’s Great Blue Hole to chart its depths and declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. Check out his video on this beautiful underwater sinkhole HERE.