The Blog : Conservation

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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Bellingshausen Sea, 63°S 59°W

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Air temperature 4°C / 39°F, Water temperature 0°C / 32°F Duration of swim: 17 minutes 30 seconds There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One ...

13 Dec 2016
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Cape Horn, 56°South

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Yesterday I wrote about failure. Today we experienced it. And yes, there were lessons learned. Lesson one: avoid multiple mission objectives. That’s not always easy, when you find yourself in a spectacular part of ...

11 Dec 2016
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Speedo diplomacy – the lost art of negotiating

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Endurance swimmer and Ocean Advocate Lewis Pugh has been called the “Human Polar Bear” and a “Speedo Diplomat”. He puts his body on the line to bring his message home, performing long-distance swims in ...

19 Nov 2016
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Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done

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Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy. “Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he ...

28 Oct 2016
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Environmental Glasnost: More than Pretty Words

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It took me 50 hours to get from my home in Cape Town, at the tip of Africa, to Lake Baikal on the eastern edge of Siberia. That might not seem much to Russians, ...

3 Oct 2016
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Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

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When I picture my father’s time in the South Pacific, I see turtles. In 1952 my father, a Royal Navy Surgeon, was present at Britain’s first atomic bomb test in the sea off western ...

2 Oct 2016
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The Three Most Important Questions

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The first step to achieving a goal is committing to it. Here are the three ways I identify a worthy challenge. This week a local conservation agency asked me to take on an issue ...

28 Jul 2016
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If we want to save Antarctica, we must build bridges

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Have you ever watched a bridge being built? It is fascinating. I lived on the Thames while the Millennium Bridge was under construction. The engineers didn’t start from one bank and progress towards the ...

8 Jul 2016
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My open letter to President Putin

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London 4 October 2015 Dear President Putin London taxi drivers have a wonderful name for the crossroads outside the Royal Geographical Society. They call it the ‘hot and cold corner’, because of two statues ...

4 Oct 2015
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