Red Sea 2022
From 11 – 26 October 2022, Lewis swam the first ever swim across the Red Sea, from Saudi Arabia to Egypt.
He swam over some of the most precious coral in the world, and is urging all nations gathered at Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27 to drastically cut their emissions, tackle the climate crisis and protect the world’s oceans.
Find out more about the Swim.
If we continue to heat our planet, coral reefs will die, and with them, the incredible life which they support.
We just can’t let this happen.
Every fraction of a degree of warming is now critical. With a warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, our world will lose 70% of its coral. At 2°C we lose 99%.
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Greenland to Glasgow
On 7 September 2021 Lewis became the first person to complete a multi-day swim in the Polar Regions, when he swam across the Ilulissat Icefjord, fed by the world’s fastest moving glacier, in Greenland.
Lewis attended the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. He used the story of his swim to impress upon world leaders the speed of the Climate Crisis, to ask them to move beyond long-term commitments toward urgent action, today.
No one will escape Climate Change. It will affect every creature on this planet, great or small.
To date the Foundation has been instrumental in securing full protection for over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean.
Its goal is to ensure that 30% of our oceans are properly protected by 2030.
He shares the visualisation strategies, radical tactical shifts, teamwork and focus that enabled him to achieve seemingly impossible tasks.
Most importantly he inspires people to dig deep, define their goals and achieve their own ‘impossible’.
Explore the world and see where Lewis has swum. Click on any pin to find out more about that particular swim.
Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer who recently became the first person to swim the Red Sea in a bid to increase action at the Cop27 climate conference, said:
🗣 “Asking water companies to assess their own pollution is like asking an arsonist to assess fire damage"
From sharks to shipping containers, this endurance swimmer faced the dangers of the red sea for climate action.
Learn more from #COP27: http://ow.ly/45ZF50LNGnb
The Environment Agency has told officials to cut back on inspections of bathing water pollution incidents and rely instead on water company assessments
@LewisPugh says “like asking an arsonist to assess fire damage”
(h/t @UE for obtaining key doc)
Switching up the Speedos tonight!
At Buckingham Palace to celebrate the state visit of South Africa’s President @CyrilRamaphosa to the UK.
With a deep connection to both nations, I am honoured to be here 🇿🇦🇬🇧
Preparations are underway for the State Visit of the President of South Africa! 🇿🇦🇬🇧
The State Visit is the first to be hosted, on behalf of the Nation, by His Majesty The King.
Leaving #COP27 with conflicting emotions.
Delighted that vulnerable nations will be compensated for the devastating impacts of the Climate Crisis.
Exasperated at lack of progress on emissions reduction.
We're still heading for a 2.8C world. Ice will melt and coral will die🐻❄️