Podcast: TED Talks series - Lewis Pugh's Mind-Shifting Everest Swim

TED Talks


9:45 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED JUL 2010 - POSTED JUL 2010 - TEDGlobal 2010

After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate change.

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Learning Goals

Pugh wants to use his experience of swimming in a body of water on Everest to enforce the understanding that people must change away from their previous behavior to truly solve the climate crisis.

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Description and Teaching Materials

Listen >> TED Talks:Lewis Pugh's Mind-Shifting Everest Swim

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Teaching Notes and Tips

This material can be used to open up discussion about the power of Mother Nature and how people must change their thinking if the climate crisis is to be solved.


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References and Resources

Pushing his body through epic cold-water swims, Lewis Gordon Pugh wants to draw attention to our global climate. He's just back from swimming in a meltwater lake on the slopes of Mount Everest. Full Bio >>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Lewis Pugh's Mind-Shifting Everest Swim.