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South Africa, Topnews

03. November 2017


Ocean advocate and swimmer Lewis Pugh walked away with the top honour at the annual SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards.
The United Nations Patron of the Oceans won the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year at the event on Tuesday, 24 October, for his work around raising global awareness for oceans by campaigning through his swim adventures, especially in icy waters, around the world.

Earlier this year, he embarked on his #ArcticDecade Campaign, which hoped to highlight the effects of climate change on the Arctic by swimming in Norway, Canada and Russia.

"[I am] deeply honoured to be named SAB Environmentalist of the Year, in what has been an extraordinary year," said Pugh in a tweet.

"The media shine a light on the voiceless. The media shine a light in dark corners. The media is the most important thing in any environmental campaign, and you have been incredibly generous to me in the past three years where I've been able to tell my story. I want to thank you very very much."

The awards, in its 29th year since it was started by the late conservationist Dr Ian Player, not only honour environmentalists but also members of the media who have done excellent reporting on environmental issues through video, audio, photography and written work. – Source:

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