Courtesy of Lewis Pugh, Birmingham.

UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh recently gave a heartfelt speech at the Conservative Party Conference.

Pugh writes on his blog, “The UK Government has taken an historic stand for ocean conservation.

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the UK Government will call on all nations to contribute towards a global target of safeguarding 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

This would make the United Kingdom the first major economy to officially recognise the importance of ocean protection at this large scale.

It took my breath away. If this is supported by other nations and followed through, it will be the most important moment for ocean conservation in history.”

During his latest 560 km stage swim (The Long Swim), Pugh called for more ambitious ocean protection targets, specifically that 30% of the oceans should be fully protected by 2030. “This news is very exciting. The pain of my 49-day swim has quickly disappeared.”

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