Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ted Talks-Article

Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole
Rating: *****

Lewis Pugh embarked on a symbolic swim to bring awareness to the serious issue of climate change. As a child, his dad helped his to see that it is important to protect the fragile world we live in. He truly appreciated the beauty of nature, especially in the North. While visiting he saw the lack of ice needed in order for polar bears to properly travel. In just 2 years, 23% of the Arctic sea ice cover just melted away. Climate change was/is exponentially getting worse and something must be done about it. 

This video is a captivating way of bringing awareness to the deteriorating conditions of our earth. People like Lewis Pugh help to help ones understand that climate change isn’t something that should simply be swept under the rug. Rather, we need to take action ourselves and help to take steps to improving the state of our earth. The possibility of polar bear extinction due to climate change moved him to do something that would hopefully bring awareness to the cause. We should follow in his footsteps and make positive changes about issues that we are passionate about. 

Not only can we become more aware of the condition of our earth with the help of this video. But we can also learn that nothing is impossible if we truly set our mind to it. Lewis spent one year training for a swim that would last a mere twenty minutes. His dream no longer seemed like a reality after a five minute practice swim ended up with his body in extreme agony. Despite major set backs such as this, he continued to press on with the help of motivation from his team. We should never underestimate the power of motivation and determination. We can accomplish anything if we set our minds to it. 

I recommend this video to everyone, no matter your age or interests. This is a video that everyone must see. We live on this earth and this is an important issue that we must familiarize ourselves with. 

Tamika Richer

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