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Where is Our Great Escape?


I recently visited the Norwegian Arctic, something that always brings great joy to my heart. But this time, I returned very disturbed. I am trying to make sense of a great contradiction. And I ...

6 Sep 2017
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Which Was My Toughest Swim?


When people ask me to name my toughest swim, they expect me to say the North Pole. That’s definitely up there, but I’ve had others that were just as challenging, for very different reasons. ...

4 Sep 2017
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No Place To Hide From Plastic

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Today we visited Barents Island, an uninhabited island in the high Arctic, on the east side of Spitsbergen. Its beach looks pristine. But get up close and you’ll find thousands of tiny pieces of ...

23 Aug 2017
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Always Dive In: How I do what I do

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I’m so grateful for all the messages of support and encouragement I’ve received since my swim along the edge of the Arctic sea ice. I’ve also received many, many requests to share how it ...

5 Aug 2017
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Swimming Along the Arctic Sea Ice

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I love everything about my polar campaigns, except for the tense hours just before a swim. The anxiety before this last swim, along the edge of the Arctic sea ice, was the worst I’ve ...

30 Jul 2017
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Runaway climate change in the Arctic

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Ten years ago, I stood on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole staring into the ink-black Arctic Ocean. I was attempting to become the first person to complete a long ...

27 Jul 2017
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Sponsoring the Killing of Sharks

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Driving into the lovely seaside village of Cape May, New Jersey, I was stuck by two conflicting images. On one side of the marina was a sign welcoming visitors to this proud tourist destination, ...

9 Jul 2017
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Appointment as Adjunct Professor in International Law

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I am honoured to have been appointed an Adjunct Professor in International Law at the University of Cape Town today. I was always a pulled by the world’s waters. As a young boy I ...

15 May 2017
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Sunday Times Alternative Rich List


This weekend The Sunday Times published an Alternative Rich List in conjunction with the annual Sunday Times Rich List. It’s a list that acknowledges “wealth” beyond material wealth. I am very grateful to be ...

8 May 2017
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In from the Cold: My Tribute to Ahmed Kathrada


What do you say about a man who gave his whole life to a struggle? I’ll never forget standing with Ahmed Kathrada in his Robben Island cell two years ago. The thing that struck ...

28 Mar 2017
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