I will be participating in a wild swimming marathon this Sunday 4th September... ten kilometres down the River Dart in Devon from Totnes to Dittisham. http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/events? ______________________________________________________________ Cool Earth is a UK-based international NGO that protects endangered rainforest in order to combat global warming, protect ecosystems and to provide employment for local people. Your donation will support indigenous communities to protect their rainforest. Less than 10% of Cool Earth's supporter income is spent on administration. In 2015, it was named Charity of the Year in its category at the Civil Society Media Charity Awards and best International NGO at the PEA Awards. It is supported by various celebrities including Professor James Lovelock, Vivienne Westwood, Ricky Gervais and Sir David Attenborough.
I still can't believe Sam signed me up... before this year I hated swimming, didn't know how to do front-crawl properly and had never swam more than perhaps 100 m! I would not ever have entered a swimming race, let alone a marathon! Training has been a challenge and I am sure that Sunday's swim will be really tough.
The good news is that I now enjoy swimming a lot more and have appreciated the training whilst off running with a glute injury, so have almost forgiven Sam for entering me!! Also, very fortunately I am now much, much faster and have a hugely improved stroke.
It would be great if my efforts (over the last few months, and this Sunday) could be an excuse to raise some money for a worthy cause, especially since BP will double all donations.
I chose the charity Cool Earth not only because it is very highly regarded (in my online research), but supports a critically important cause efficiently and effectively.
The planet depends on it's rainforests, since they:
Generate 1/5 of our oxygen
Release 1/5 of all freshwater
Contain 6 million species or 2/3 all biodiversity
Keeping rainforests standing is one of (if not) the simplest and cheapest way to mitigate climate change. Deforestation puts more CO2 into the atmosphere than all the world's transport combined.