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Endurance swimmer and United Nations Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh is a leading voice for marine conservation.

By pioneering challenging swims in extreme conditions, Lewis Pugh highlights the threats facing our oceans, the impacts of a warming planet, and the importance of #30×30 in tackling climate change.

Among his many achievements:

  • The first swim across the North Pole, to highlight the melting of Arctic sea ice
  • Swimming across a glacial lake on Mount Everest, to draw attention to the melting of Himalayan glaciers
  • Swimming the full 528km length of the English Channel to call for 30% of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030
  • Swimming across the mouth of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, to highlight the dramatic impact of climate change

His efforts have earned him international recognition as well as high honours in France and South Africa.

At Sails of Change, we believe that Lewis Pugh’s commitment and determination to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans is deeply inspiring, and we are proud to have supported his climate swim in Greenland.

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In September 2021, Lewis Pugh became the first person to complete a multi-day swim in the Polar Regions when he swam 7.8 km over 12 days in Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord. The water temperature ranged from 0°C to 3°C.

Ilulissat Icefjord is fed by the world’s fastest-moving glacier, the Ilulissat Glacier, which drains around 30 cubic kilometres of ice per year into the sea. Some of the icebergs that break from the glacier are over one kilometre tall.

Due to warming temperatures, the glacier is melting faster – 40 metres a day– a real example of the dramatic impact of climate change.

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