Nothing excited me more than opening up the atlas and seeing places and seas, imagining what they looked like and what kind of life the people had.
Always when we walked, it was clear to me how much he loved nature, wild flowers, animals in their natural habitat and the simple pleasures of a beautiful sunset. My love for the environment did not develop out of a vacuum.
Unless our children have been into nature, it is unlikely they will care about it when they grow up.
Now is the time for change. We cannot drill our way out of the energy crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable energy. And we must not delay.
My love for the water would always be tempered by respect for dangers that must never be underestimated.
These are areas of unparalleled natural beauty to be handed to our children undisturbed. We are merely custodians. You would not build a toll plaza and an administration block in the Grand Canyon or next to the Victoria Falls or within any other World Heritage Site.
My father taught me to understand that not much was impossible, if you had a mind to go after it. What seems beyond you is only unreachable if that's what you believe.
A thought came across my mind: if things go pear-shaped on this swim, how long will it take for my frozen body to sink the four and a half kilometers to the bottom of the ocean?
There is nothing more powerful than the made-up mind.
The English Channel is the perfect stretch of water to truly test the human mind.
TED Talk: Mind-Shifting Everest Swim, July 2010
You don't know pain until you've had a stalactite in your cock.
If we pass on an unsustainable environment to our children we have failed them.
We made fracking a civil rights issue. Because that is what it is. We all have a right to a healthy environment and to clean water. And so do our children.
The right to have our environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations is our most important human right.