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My thanks to the oceans, and the people they have brought me to.

18 December 2012
By: Lewis Pugh
Category: Gratitude, Oceans
Comments: 17

Your Comments:

  1. Li
    December 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    It’s been a slow awakening for me. I have always had a passion and deep interest in the earth and animals, sometimes almost feeling that my peronality is lacking the required empathy for humans. Now I am realising, in so many different and wonderful ways that it’s all connected isn’t it – I needn’t feel the guilt.
    I have followed your story very loosely, in fact the “plastic debris” in the middle of the ocean was perhaps my first encounter – the first intro to this world of yours.

    Today was the first time that I Googled (Okay is that even a word?) “THE HUMAN POLAR BEAR” and the first time I visited your site. (Had to have a giggle when I thought to myself – well with the world ending tomorrow and everything…)
    Somehow, and sometimes not through my own will, I have been drawn closer, had more and more interest in the issues involving our planet (all be it very superficial).
    I know why I have been avoiding, why I have procrastinated – I know it’s perhaps that I may actually have to do something about what I believe in one day, but there it is.
    I have never ordered a book in my life, but, I saw your book once, thought about buying it but never had the money at the time. Over time I browsed in various book shops never finding it again, so I ordered it about 3 months ago from a local book shop. I have followed up on it once but have still not received the call to say I can go and fetch it. I will leave you a comment once I have read it.
    For now though, I have decided that tomorrow I am going to show the video clips on your site to my 3 special children. If they are of my blood at all, they too will feel that somemhing in the pit of their stomachs, a stirring a….?

    They are part of the future. With each new enlightened soul who can make a small difference in looking after this special planet, we continue to honour and hopefully preserve this incredible gift from our God.
    Looking forward to follow your new adventures and discover some more about my own beliefs and identity along the way.

    Kind regards Li

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  3. Elsa Winckler
    December 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

    You inspired a love story which was published earlier this year. Good to know there are real heroes out there. You do a wonderful job!

  4. Brenda
    December 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Love and best wishes go with you on your new expedition – we look forward to sharing with you

  5. Jenine
    December 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I’m new to the “blog” thing – hope I’m doing it right. I’ve just bought your book and I am very excited to start reading it. You are truly an inspiration to me – many things – situations inspire people – I think I’m a little bit different as to what inspire me – but you have always fascinated me (hope that the correct wording), but yes I’ve always love reading about what you up to next – so I’m looking forward to find out what your next expedition is. Have a blessed feastive season.


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  6. Steven
    March 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    A true international hero!
    I have just finished reading the book “Achieving The Impossible”…… I feel so humbled by someone like Lewis, who selflessly gives of his time and efforts, to save the planet for our benefit!
    I hate books, and hate reading for extended periods of time….. But this book….. It had me by the throat, and I could not read enough of it.
    We need more people like Lewis on the planet.
    I feel ashamed at how little I do in comparison!

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    Yes oceans are vital for us to live. Ocean plants accordingly produce most half of the world oxygen. We depending on food in oceans, work, and so on… Without oceans, our live won’t be established.

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Oceans are a bit like people. Every ocean is different, and to me they have distinct personalities. The Arctic is the black ocean – literally like an inkpot. You put your arm in and your hand just disappears. The Pacific is a rich, royal blue. The Indian Ocean is the most benevolent; it’s warm and kind and turquoise. The Atlantic can be rough and cold.

But it’s the Southern Ocean that gives you a glimpse of what the oceans must have been like before man touched them. It’s like an aquatic Garden of Eden, just teeming with penguins and seals and killer whales.

I know how very privileged I am to have swum in all five oceans. In each one I have seen evidence of how our actions are impacting them. That part is not a pretty sight. I’ll never forget the beach of plastic debris in the middle of the Arctic. Thousands of kilometres from the nearest town, there were sheets of red plastic, pieces of rope, tangles of thrown-away plastic junk.

Wherever you are in the world you will find evidence that we have impacted our oceans. The one thing they all have in common is that they are under threat. But I believe we can change this. I hold fast to my dream of restoring our oceans to their former splendour.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for helping me to be a voice for the oceans. It is only through the continuing support of people like you, people who have taken the time to hear me speak, who have bought my book, signed up for my blog, or followed me on Facebook and twitter, that we are able to make a difference. Your support and enthusiasm gives me hope for our future. And with hope, anything is possible.

Until then, peace, love, and Merry Christmas,


P.S. I am about to launch an exciting new expedition. I look forward to sharing it with you very soon…