"By swimming in vulnerable ecosystems, I want to draw attention to the impact of our actions on our oceans. I’ve seen enormous chunks of ice slide off Arctic glaciers. I’ve swum over bleached coral killed by rising sea temperatures, and over the bones of whales hunted to the edge of extinction. I’ve visited lakes high in the Himalayas where once there was only ice. And I’ve seen plastic pollution in the most remote parts of the oceans, hundreds of kilometres away from human habitation. I’ve witnessed drastic changes in my lifetime – changes that have come about because of our actions. In my lifetime I’d like to see us change. Because we have it within our power to make a positive difference.
When you are truly doing what you love, the sense of purpose is immense. And absolutely nothing seems impossible.
I dream of oceans that are abundant with life, full of dolphins and whales, of penguins and sea birds, of turtles and manta rays. I believe that we can restore the health of the oceans. But it’s up to you and me to take positive steps to ensure that the future of our oceans are protected."
- Lewis P.