Lewis Pugh is a
swimmer, environmentalist and former maritime lawyer. He has pioneered more
swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, and is the
only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world.
He is probably
best recognised for becoming the first person to undertake a long distance swim
at the North Pole.
Lewis has achieved a unique perspective on climate change, having witnessed
retreating glaciers, decreasing sea ice, coral bleaching, severe droughts, and
the migration of animals to colder climates on his numerous expeditions. As a
result of these experiences, Lewis is determined to raise awareness about the
fragility of our environment and to encourage everyone to take action.
In his speeches,
Lewis discusses the three simple steps he uses to complete seemingly impossible
tasks, shares his experiences of team-building and ensuring excellence, and
talks about how to deal with both failure and success.
Lewis was educated
at the University of Cape Town and the University of Cambridge. He now spends
his time public speaking, lobbying world leaders to protect the environment
and, of course, swimming.
He has been named
a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Speech title: Achieving the Impossible
French Explorer | Environmentalist | Educator | Film Producer
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