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Swimming the English Channel

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In August 2023, I will attempt to swim the English Channel with only a swimming costume, goggles and swim hat. No wetsuit, nothing else.

I will be training in London all through the winter into the spring and summer to be able to face this challenge, the Everest of swimming.

I'm raising money for a cause that is very close to my heart, for the environment. I have always been a passionate advocate for nature, as a nature blogger at FrogMom and an environmental education journalist in San Francisco and now in London.

Swimming may seem like a solitary pursuit, but a challenge as big as the English Channel actually requires the support of an entire community in order to have a chance to succeed. In my case, my community is the Serpentine Swimming Club in London and the wonderful friends who are guiding me through this crazy adventure.

I would like my swim to help protect the environment. In my personal life, I have taken steps to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible by cutting all meat and fish from my diet, and by drastically reducing my plane travels. I now mostly travel by train or on foot and as I haven't had a car in 12 years, I commute by bicycle or on foot. However, I'm only one person and we can always do more.

I am a great admirer of the work done by World Land Trust, a charity whose patron is Sir David Attenborough. World Land Trust (WLT) was one of the first organisations in the world focusing specifically on the conservation of threatened habitats through land purchase. While securing and protecting surviving forest patches is the vital first step, it is sometimes not enough. Some habitat patches must then be expanded and reconnected if they are to sustain their characteristic wildlife.

Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

You can follow my swim journey and training directly on my blog:

More information about World Land Trust: World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, which protects the worlds most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife. WLT emphasises the importance of supporting local conservation groups and always working through local partners. WLT does not put its own staff in charge of operations, but relies on local expertise.


Laure Latham
World Land Trust
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