A2020 News

Press Release: Urgent call for better protection of the Southern Ocean on 200 year anniversary of Antarctic exploration

MOSCOW: To mark the 200th anniversary of the sighting of Antarctica by Russian explorer Admiral von Bellingshausen, Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans, Antartica2020 Champion, and endurance swimmer, just completed a swim in a sub-glacial river underneath the East Antarctica ice sheet and has now travelled to Moscow to bring attention to the need for Southern Ocean protection.

UN PATRON OF THE OCEANS LEWIS PUGH COMPLETES COLD WATER TRAINING IN SCOTLAND AHEAD OF ANTARCTIC SWIM

Lewis Pugh to attempt the world’s first swim across a supra-glacial lake in Antarctica on 22 January 2020. Pugh completes training camp on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland He now leaves for Antarctica for additional training from 14th January ahead of the 1km swim across a supra-glacial lake Pugh will then head to Moscow for meetings …

Uniting for Ocean Protection

Source and Author: Lewis Pugh.  Swimming is a solitary pursuit. It’s just you and the water. Yet preparing for a swim in Antarctica is anything but a solitary endeavour. Aside from the physical preparation, there are expedition logistics and planning, honing campaign messaging, and the quiet, considered diplomacy that brings about real results. I don’t just swim for the love …

The Road to Glasgow

Source and Author: Lewis Pugh.  I’m standing on a desolate beach on the Isle of Lewis. The sea is steely grey. My feet are freezing on the sand and the wind is so strong I have to shout to be heard by my training partner Max, standing just a meter away. It’s perfect. The sea quickly finds you out if …

Ocean Protection is a Responsibility We Can’t Ignore

Source: Virgin Unite. Author: Geneviève Pons. Antarctica is a truly special place. Not only because of its immense icy beauty and amazing wildlife, but as a shining symbol of the power of countries working together for the common good.

Former Australian Senator and Minister for the Environment Robert Hill talks about CCAMLR and protecting the Southern Ocean

Source: ASOC. Former Australian Senator and Minister for the Environment Robert Hill is hopeful that CCAMLR will choose to protect marine life in the Southern Ocean when it concludes its annual meeting this evening: Watch the video.    

La France plaide pour une réserve marine en Antarctique

Source: Le Figaro. By: Marc Cherki. À Hobart, 25 pays et l’Union européenne négocient une aire de près d’un million de km2 dans la zone orientale. Peu à peu, les membres de la Convention pour la conservation de la faune et la flore marines de l’Antarctique (CCAMLR) essaient de tisser un réseau d’aires protégées au pôle Sud, dans l’océan Austral. …

Why we need to protect the ocean

Source: Virgin. By: Richard Branson. It’s sad to think that a warmer world may be a world without Emperor penguins. These majestic animals need the sea ice for food and the ice is melting. Antarctica is at the frontline of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss. It’s the coldest, windiest, and most remote continent on earth, but its waters are …

Le long chemin de la préservation de l’Antarctique

Source: Sciences Avenir.  By: Loïc Chauveau. Du 21 octobre au 1er novembre 2019, les experts de la Commission pour la conservation des ressources marines de l’Antarctique se réunissent à Hobart (Australie) pour trouver un cadre juridique de préservation de ce continent, ce que refusent la Chine et la Russie. C’est un énième round de négociations qui s’ouvrent pour 15 jours au sein …

Australians support ‘leadership’ on Antarctica and climate: Hill

Source: ABC Australia. Australia along with France and the European Union will be pushing for a major new marine protected area in east Antarctica at an international forum starting in Hobart today. The sanctuary, which covers a million square kilometres of the Antarctic ocean, was first proposed by Australia more than seven years ago, but it’s been opposed by Russia …