American Water Resources Association
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.