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Lewis Gordon Pugh


British environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer, and endurance swimmer.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
You must not dither - swim like you're running through a minefield.
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Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most, define us.
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It took me over three years to get the beret and the most enriching part of the experience was getting to know men for whom you would have given your life on the battlefield. It is a big thing to say there are people who are not your family for whom you would give up your life. But that is how close we became.




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Four-point-two kilometres is a long way for a frozen body to sink.
Pugh Lewis Gordon
Everywhere water is under threat. It is our most precious resource. And there is no alternative to it.
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If we pass on an unsustainable environment to our children we have failed them.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
The English Channel is the perfect stretch of water to truly test the human mind.
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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. I do not say that lightly - especially given South Africaís past.
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We made fracking a civil rights issue. Because that is what it is. We all have a right to a healthy environment and to clean water. And so do our children.
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Always when we walked, it was clear to me how much he loved nature, wild flowers, animals in their natural habitat and the simple pleasures of a beautiful sunset. My love for the environment did not develop out of a vacuum.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
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.




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Ultimately I wanted to be a pioneer swimmer, a distant descendant of Scott, Amundsen and Hillary, except that I would be an explorer of the water.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
I have been haunted by that swim through the whale graveyard and havenít been able to get the image of the bones out of my head. Man hunted whales almost to the point of extinction, not seeming to care that we would lose one of the wonders of the sea world forever. It is the coldness of the water in Antarctica that preserves the bones and makes it look like they were left there yesterday but I like to think they are there as a reminder of manís potential for folly.
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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 thatís what you believe.
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I could not believe what I was seeing: everywhere there were whale bones. Thousands of them stacked on top of each other. They rose from the seabed almost to the surface of the water. There were big bones. I could make out many of them: rib bones, jaw bones, vertebrae. In some places they were piled so high that, when I took a stroke, my hands touched them. I thought of all the beautiful whales Iíd seen around the coast of South Africa and Norway that add so much to the area. How many whales were hunted and brought to this island before having their carcasses burned for oil and their bones dumped in this way? It disgusted me to such an extent that I considered stopping the swim to move it elsewhere, but I decided I had to press on.
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My own feeling was that witnessing the explosion of an atomic bomb, and having to examine all the dead animals, had a profound effect on my father.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
Never, ever did I think that there would be a debate in this arid country about which was more important Ė gas or water. We can survive without gas. We cannot live without water.
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Afterwards, I saw a visible transformation in Pugh, and was reminded again of the power of a single event to change a sportsperson's life radically. I have witnessed this twice in my career - once when Joel Stransky kicked the winning goal in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, and now with Pugh's North Pole swim. Both became more complete and confident people after achieving such sporting milestones.
Lewis Gordon Pugh
These are areas of unparalleled natural beauty to be handed to our children undisturbed. We are merely custodians. You would not build a toll plaza and an administration block in the Grand Canyon or next to the Victoria Falls or within any other World Heritage Site.Ē
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My love for the water would always be tempered by respect for dangers that must never be underestimated.


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