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Lewis Pugh

Geburtstag: 5. Dezember 1969

Lewis Gordon Pugh ist ein britischer Umweltschützer, Schwimmer und Anwalt für Seerecht. Schon oft hat er sich einen Namen als „Eisbär“ gemacht.

Pugh ist der erste Mensch, der auf allen fünf Ozeanen der Welt Langstreckendistanzen schwamm und er ist bekannt als der beste Kalt-Wasser-Schwimmer der Welt.

Er schwimmt in gefährdeten Regionen und Ökogebieten der Erde, um auf deren durch Umweltverschmutzung bedrohte Existenz aufmerksam zu machen. Globale Bekanntheit erlangte er dadurch, dass er als erster Mensch eine Langstrecke am Nordpol schwamm, um auf das Schmelzen der Pole hinzuweisen. Im Rahmen des Weltwirtschaftsforums 2010 wurde er als Young Global Leader für „seinen Einfluss als inspirierende Führungskraft in der Gestaltung der Zukunft der Erde“ genannt.

Am 22. Mai 2010 durchschwamm er als erster Mensch einen Gletschersee am Fuße des Mount Everest, um auf das Schmelzen der Gletscher im Himalaya und auf den damit verbundenen Einfluss auf den Weltfrieden aufmerksam zu machen.

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„I wanted to push every boundary. I wanted to swim further than anyone else. I wanted to cross seas and round capes that no one had dreamed of swimming before. And I wanted to swim in waters that were so cold no one thought it was possible to survive in them.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 168
Achieving The Impossible (2010)
Kontext: I resolved to follow my dream. I wanted to push every boundary. I wanted to swim further than anyone else. I wanted to cross seas and round capes that no one had dreamed of swimming before. And I wanted to swim in waters that were so cold no one thought it was possible to survive in them. And though it promised to make me poor and would take away the security provided by a career in law, that didn’t worry me.

„We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy.“

—  Lewis Pugh

Speaking & Features, Standing Up To Goliath
Kontext: Now is the time for change. We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy. And we must not delay.

„Marine Protected Areas are good for the world economy, for the health of the oceans, for every person living on this planet.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features
Kontext: When we set aside MPAs we protect the marine habitat. When we do that, fish stocks recover. Which supports food security. When we create MPAs, we protect the coral, which protects the shoreline and provides shelter for fish. Marine Protected Areas are places people want to visit for ecotourism, so it's good for the economy. It has, if you'll pardon the pun, a ripple effect. Marine Protected Areas are good for the world economy, for the health of the oceans, for every person living on this planet.

„If this number of humans were killed in a year, it would be called genocide. There is a name for what is happening in our oceans today: it is ecocide.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features
Kontext: An estimated 100 million sharks are fished out of the world's oceans every year. Take a minute to mull over that figure. That's over a quarter of a million animals each day … If this number of humans were killed in a year, it would be called genocide. There is a name for what is happening in our oceans today: it is ecocide.

„My father taught me to understand that not much was impossible, if you had a mind to go after it.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 7
Achieving The Impossible (2010)
Kontext: My father taught me to understand that not much was impossible, if you had a mind to go after it. What seems beyond you is only unreachable if that’s what you believe.

„From that moment on, every swim should have the aim of inspiring people to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and all that live in them.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 85, describing his swim at Deception Island (2005)
21 Yaks And A Speedo (2013)
Kontext: I knew now that I had to stand up and start speaking about protecting our environment. From that moment on, every swim should have the aim of inspiring people to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and all that live in them.

„For us to find lasting peace between people, we must first make peace with nature.“

—  Lewis Pugh

28 September 2014, Sunday Times http://www.pressreader.com/bookmark/NWNJXD8V5BO2/
Speaking & Features

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„The right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our generation and the benefit of future generations is our most crucial human right.“

—  Lewis Pugh

Speaking & Features, My African Dream: Faith Rally Address, COP17
Kontext: The right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our generation and the benefit of future generations is our most crucial human right. I do not say that lightly - especially given South Africa’s past.

„Four-point-two kilometres is a long way for a frozen body to sink.“

—  Lewis Pugh

p 1, describing his North Pole swim (2007)
Achieving The Impossible (2010)

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