Campaign and Expedition writer for the Lewis Pugh Foundation
I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with pioneer swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh ever since we first collaborated on 21 Yaks and a Speedo in 2012. I’ve accompanied him to Antarctica (twice, in 2016 and 2017), to the Arctic (in 2017), and worked virtually on campaigns in Russia, India, Gibraltar and across the Seven Seas, putting words to Lewis’s extraordinary deeds and being continually inspired by his dedication to preserving our oceans and all who live in them.
Our Op Eds and blogs have appeared, inter alia, in The New York Times, USA Today, the Guardian, the Gibraltar Chronicle, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, Norway’s Aftenposten, National Geographic, and in South Africa in the Cape Times, Daily Maverick, and the Sunday Times.
We also have a regular blog space on the UNEP page.
In 2016, after years of protracted negotiations, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) was finally declared in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Having watched Lewis fight for this issue for over two years, I know that his efforts, playfully dubbed ‘Speedo Diplomacy’ by the media, played a major part in this success.
At the end of 2016 we launched the ‘Antarctica 2020 Campaign’ calling for six more MPAs in Antarctica. Watch this space!
This man makes a difference. Read more about Lewis here.