Lewis Pugh

Endurance swimmer and the UN Patron of the Oceans

Lewis Pugh
Lewis Pugh swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems on Earth to call for their protection. He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was also the first to swim across the North Pole and the first to swim the full length of the English Channel. Lewis has been instrumental in protecting over two million km² of vulnerable ocean – an area larger than Western Europe. At LGIM, we are united with Lewis in our aim to tackle the climate crisis. We believe inaction is not an option and are proud to support Lewis’ efforts to raise awareness and push for positive change.

Other articles by Lewis Pugh

Turning the Climate Catastrophe ship
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Turning the Climate Catastrophe ship

We're faced with an emergency, and inaction is simply not an option.
By Lewis Pugh
28 Nov 2022
3 min read
The climate crisis: one good reason to keep on going
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

The climate crisis: one good reason to keep on going

There is one thing I'm reminded of every time I set out on an expedition: you cannot control...
By Lewis Pugh
24 Oct 2022
4 min read
Coral in crisis
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Coral in crisis

I last swam in the Red Sea in 2014. It was in Aqaba, Jordan, and the air temperature was 55ºC.
By Lewis Pugh
10 Oct 2022
3 min read
Oceans and the climate crisis
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Oceans and the climate crisis

All life began in our oceans. They cover 70% of our Earth's surface, and are still home to 80% of...
By Lewis Pugh
05 Jul 2022
2 min read
Biodiversity: more than mere numbers
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Biodiversity: more than mere numbers

Biodiversity used to be about abundance. Now it is about loss.
By Lewis Pugh
03 May 2022
2 min read
Countdown to COP26: Finding balance
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Countdown to COP26: Finding balance

Some people suggest that I must be super-human to withstand the kind of cold that I do. Nothing...
By Lewis Pugh
08 Oct 2021
3 min read
Freezing for a warming planet
Lewis Pugh
ESG and long term themes

Freezing for a warming planet

Lewis is about to start his swim across the world’s fastest-moving glacier, the Illulissat Icefjo...
By Lewis Pugh
24 Aug 2021
3 min read

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