Lewis Pugh to Undertake The Coldest Swim on Earth

Lewis Pugh to Undertake The Coldest Swim on Earth

Lewis Pugh has experienced his multi-varied life with many different hats. From serving as a British barrister and experiencing the hardships in the Special Air Services, a special forces unit of the British Army, Pugh has also served as the world’s leading ocean advocate and is the United Nations Patron of the Oceans.

He is, in my opinion, the Most Interesting Man in the World,” commented Steven Munatones. “British maritime lawyer, soldier, and the world’s most influential marine environmental campaigner with numerous pioneering swims including those in the North Pole and in the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean. As an extreme swimmer and United Nations Patron of the Oceans, Pugh’s nicknames range from the Human Polar Bear to the Speedo Diplomat. He will certainly live up to both nicknames later this month with The Coldest Swim on Earth.

Pugh will attempt to swim across the mouth of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, which is fed by the world’s fastest-moving glacier. His Greenland Swim is a multi-day stage swim that is located within the Arctic Circle. Over the course of two weeks, Pugh will attempt ten Ice Kilometer swims in advance of presenting at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow where he will use the story of his Greenland Swim to inform and impress upon world leaders the speed of the climate crisis.

On his website, he writes, “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. The Arctic is one of the most rapidly warming regions of the planet, with temperatures increasing at 2-3 times the global average – a phenomenon known as ‘Arctic Amplification’. The Arctic is feeling the effects of the Climate Crisis more dramatically than anywhere else on Earth, with glaciers, sea ice and permafrost all melting. What’s more, scientists tell us that these changes in the Arctic are also impacting climate and weather patterns further south in North America and Europe.  No ice, no life.”

Pugh arrived in Iceland yesterday and will fine-tune his cold water acclimatization until August 20th. His Greenland Icefjord Swim will be formally held between August 25th and September 5th.

From there, he really gets busy with the world’s media between September 7th – 10th in London and addressing the United Nations General Assembly between September 20th – 24th in New York. From New York, Pugh heads off to Glasgow to present to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) between November 1st – 12th.

This is truly the long-term, multi-month campaign of the UN Environment’s Patron of the Oceans that begins in Iceland and the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, and continues on to London, New York, Glasgow and several world’s leading capitals thereafter.

For more information, visit the Lewis Pugh Foundation here.

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