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‘The Human Polar Bear’ harnesses the Himalayas

A few years back, Dave and I were privileged to meet Lewis Pugh, most famous for being ‘The Human Polar Bear’. What a phenomenal, compelling man, who is harnessing his unique talent for the greater good. Most recently to lobby world leaders about global warming. He took on the Himalayas, learning that Mount Everest is not to be bullied, but rather treated with quiet respect. Much like the man himself.

Managing to raise his body’s core temperature with his mind, he is able to swim in freezing water, clad only in a speedo. The Himalayan stint in May was 1 km long at 2 degrees C. To find out more about this amazing feat, read about it on Lewis’ website: My Latest Expedition and watch Carte Blanche’s video: Carte Blanche: Lewis Pugh (Part 2).

Lewis’ message? “Conservation of the environment is no longer their problem or my problem but our problem.” Himalayan glaciers provide around 2 billion people with constant water, defying the thought of what might happen if they melt. Almost a third of humanity may be affected as radically as our threatened polar bears. You can see more about the Arctic issue on this stunning site: A Beautiful Lie.

Although polar bears don’t occur naturally here, we had a close encounter once at the Johannesburg Zoo, when Dave helped to clean their pool. Here are a few pics, just for fun. Note that, unlike Lewis, the divers all wore wetsuits!


SCUBA DIVERS CLEANING POLAR BEAR POOL – Jhb Zoo


TAKING A DIP AFTER THE WORK WAS DONE


A FISH FOR YOUR TROUBLE


SORTING COINS FROM THE POOL
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Eyes

Eyes express eternity.

TIGER'S EYES - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
TIGER’S EYES – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“The eyes have one language everywhere” – George Herbert

“The eye is the jewel of the body.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Accountability

“Knocking on wood” is not enough.

LOG - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
LOG – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fessler

“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Sir Josiah Stamp Continue reading

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Belief

Belief is nothing less than Life Force.

BUDS - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
BUDS – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” – Stuart Chase

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering

“You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

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Community

Everything is interlinked.

CHAIN - Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa
CHAIN – Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” – Rudolf Steiner

“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must git it this soul.” – Pope John Paul II Continue reading

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