Our Blue Future
Lewis Gordon Pugh is Founder of the Polar Defence Project, an ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer. He is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole to highlight the melting of Arctic sea ice and for swimming across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on peace. And, he was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. Pugh is an accomplished speaker and a leading figure in efforts to protect the oceans. Millions have viewed his talks at TEDGlobal; his speech on leadership at the BIF Conference in Rhode Island was voted one of the “7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web”. He has received a number of awards, including France and South Africa's highest honours. In 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme appointed him Patron of the Oceans. Pugh read law at the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge before working as a maritime lawyer in London.