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‘Speedo diplomacy’: the climate campaigner who swims with icebergs
Oct 13, 2021 | Positive News
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The Ilulissat glacier carves icebergs that are over a kilometre tall including, legend has it, the one that sunk the Titanic.

As well as feeding legends, it feeds the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, and it’s across the mouth of this fjord that Lewis Pugh completed a gruelling swim in September, in a bid to bring about meaningful action on the climate crisis.

Pugh, an endurance swimmer and UN patron of the oceans, completed the 7.8km swim on 7 September. Over 12 days, he faced water temperatures of between 0 and 3 degrees. His attempt was hampered by icebergs and brash ice, which clogged the mouth of the fjord.

“It feels like running across a motorway. Except instead of dodging cars, I’m in 0°C water dodging icebergs,” he tweeted mid-attempt. 

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