The Blog : Diplomacy

Light at the end of the Tunnel

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I didn’t realise the world contained so many different shades of blue. I was surrounded by ice, with the light refracting back at me from every side. I’ve never been more dazzled. I was ...

26 Jan 2020
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Uniting for Ocean Protection

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Swimming is a solitary pursuit. It’s just you and the water. Yet preparing for a swim in Antarctica is anything but a solitary endeavour. Aside from the physical preparation, there are expedition logistics and ...

13 Jan 2020
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The Ocean Awards 2018

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Wonderful news! Yesterday the 2018 Ocean Awards were announced. I am honoured to have won “Campaign of the Year” for the successful establishment of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area in Antarctica. Three keys ...

10 May 2018
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Slava Fetisov to become UN Patron for Polar Regions

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I’ve just made a whistle-stop trip to Russia to celebrate the birthday of a very dear friend of mine. Slava Fetisov needs no introduction to Russians, or to anyone who follows international ice hockey. ...

22 Apr 2018
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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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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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