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Lewis Pugh

Birthdate: 5. December 1969

Lewis William Gordon Pugh, OIG, is a British-South African endurance swimmer and ocean advocate.

He has been described as the "Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming." He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, and he frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight.

Pugh is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. In 2010 he swam across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on peace in the region.

He undertakes all of his swims, even those in the Polar Regions, according to Channel Swimming Rules – i.e. in just a Speedo costume, cap and goggles. In 2013 he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

In 2010 Pugh was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his "potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership."

In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the UN Patron of the Oceans.In 2016 he played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine reserve in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The negotiations required consensus among 24 nations and the EU, a number of which had long standing disputes with one another. The media coined the term “Speedo Diplomacy” to describe his efforts swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica and shutting between the USA and Russia to help negotiate the final agreement.Pugh currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Cape Town.

„I wanted to push every boundary. I wanted to swim further than anyone else. I wanted to cross seas and round capes that no one had dreamed of swimming before. And I wanted to swim in waters that were so cold no one thought it was possible to survive in them.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 168
Achieving The Impossible (2010)
Context: I resolved to follow my dream. I wanted to push every boundary. I wanted to swim further than anyone else. I wanted to cross seas and round capes that no one had dreamed of swimming before. And I wanted to swim in waters that were so cold no one thought it was possible to survive in them. And though it promised to make me poor and would take away the security provided by a career in law, that didn’t worry me.

„Marine Protected Areas are good for the world economy, for the health of the oceans, for every person living on this planet.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features
Context: When we set aside MPAs we protect the marine habitat. When we do that, fish stocks recover. Which supports food security. When we create MPAs, we protect the coral, which protects the shoreline and provides shelter for fish. Marine Protected Areas are places people want to visit for ecotourism, so it's good for the economy. It has, if you'll pardon the pun, a ripple effect. Marine Protected Areas are good for the world economy, for the health of the oceans, for every person living on this planet.

„We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy.“

—  Lewis Pugh

Speaking & Features, Standing Up To Goliath
Context: Now is the time for change. We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy. And we must not delay.

„My father taught me to understand that not much was impossible, if you had a mind to go after it.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 7
Achieving The Impossible (2010)
Context: My father taught me to understand that not much was impossible, if you had a mind to go after it. What seems beyond you is only unreachable if that’s what you believe.

„From that moment on, every swim should have the aim of inspiring people to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and all that live in them.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 85, describing his swim at Deception Island (2005)
21 Yaks And A Speedo (2013)
Context: I knew now that I had to stand up and start speaking about protecting our environment. From that moment on, every swim should have the aim of inspiring people to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and all that live in them.

„If this number of humans were killed in a year, it would be called genocide. There is a name for what is happening in our oceans today: it is ecocide.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features
Context: An estimated 100 million sharks are fished out of the world's oceans every year. Take a minute to mull over that figure. That's over a quarter of a million animals each day … If this number of humans were killed in a year, it would be called genocide. There is a name for what is happening in our oceans today: it is ecocide.

„If we pass on an unsustainable environment to our children we have failed them.“

—  Lewis Pugh

Address to the House of Lords (19 November 2010)
Speaking & Features

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„For us to find lasting peace between people, we must first make peace with nature.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features

„You must not dither - swim like you're running through a minefield.“

—  Lewis Pugh

Outside Magazine, 13 April 2009 http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/dropping-in/The-Ice-Bear-Cometh.html?page=all
Speaking & Features

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