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Swimming For a Healthy World

  • 19 Nov 2009
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, Philadelphia, PA


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Topic:  Swimming For a Healthy World

Featured Speaker:  Christopher Swain, Founder, Swim for Clean Water

Christopher Swain is the first person in history to swim the entire lengths of the Hudson, Charles, and Columbia Rivers as well as the entire length of Lake Champlain.


In April this year, he dove into the Atlantic Ocean in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and began a 1000+ mile swim down the Atlantic coast to Washington, DC, as part of an environmental education campaign designed to improve the health of our oceans and our world. He is sampling the water at over 5,000 locations along his route to measure and map the effects of pollution and Climate Change, and working with over 50,000 schoolchildren on projects designed to improve the health of our ocean planet.


The ocean swim is part of Swain’s TOXTOURTM project, a campaign to collect and recycle, ethically, one billion pounds of used electronics: the used computers, TVs, telephones, etc., commonly known as “e-waste.”


Swain has received an International Earth Day Award at the UN, an E-chievement Award on NPR’s etown, and has been chosen as Person of the Week on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is the youngest of twenty-one conservationists profiled in Rachel White Scheuring’s book, Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation.


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