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Ed Stafford talks to Steve Backshall on BBC Radio 4

In a new series of BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’,  Steve Backshall meets StFF beneficiary, Ed Stafford, the first person to walk the 6,000-mile length of the Amazon River over a two-and-a-half year period.  Backshall’s aim is to discover what drives his guest to attempt almost superhuman challenges.

During the interview, Ed talks about being an adventurer and describes his formative years, to profound and fascinating effect.

We hear about his not-particularly-happy time at public school, a rebellious period as a young man and his thoughts on being adopted. He’s a pleasure to listen to, full of wisdom but never self-important:

To put yourself through hardship now is just a way of constantly making sure you evolve.

Ed Stafford

See Chris Gardner’s full review for The Radio Times

Listen to the full interview on BBC iplayer:





President Obama’s Vision

The President’s vision – in his own words:

Swim the Eden – Update

I wanted to give David and the trustees a quick update on our Swim the Eden challenge.  We’ve got 26 days to go until the first day of our challenge and wanted to thank you again for all your support so far.
Here are some of the key highlights over the past month.

We’ve had a very large number of people get in touch about coming down to join us during our swim. This has ranged from local school kids who want to share a tin of beans at the end of the day while we’re camping, an elderly woman who swims everyday and has swam in the Eden for 65 years and farmers who want to bring their family down to wave as we swim past. These small gestures go a long way and we’re very proud that we’re inspiring people to reconnect with the natural world right outside their front door.

You’ve helped us generate a lot media interest and we’ve had many outlets contact us, from a CNN reporter who loves outdoor swimming, a Vogue photographer with an interest in siblings and twins, a BBC presenter with no previous wild swimming experience whose been roped in to do a whole day with us and many local newspapers and magazines. This is a huge help in promoting our conservation message and hopefully will make people rethink their own relationship with our natural heritage.

The Outdoor Swimming Society, the UK’s biggest wild swimming community (21,000 subscribers) has tipped our Swim the Eden expedition as this years big swimming challenge and they’ve run a competition for 10 winners to join us on the final 2 days of our adventure.

On a personal level your grant has enabled me to organise and plan what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable adventure and a journey that, alongside my brothers Robbie and Jack, I’ll never forget.
We’ve got an upcoming swim across the Corryvreckan on August 2nd as a training exercise for the Eden. The Corryvreckan is the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world and shipwrecked George Orwell and his brother while he was writing 1984 on Jura, we’ll be swimming straight across it and will be the first brothers to do this. I know David is a fan of unusual adventures and thought he might like that one.

The Corryvreckan Vortex

I will keep the updates coming as we get closer to the start date, back to the pool for me!
Have a great week.
Best regards,



Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy’ to go on national tour

The Natural History Museum in London reports today that the Museum’s famous Diplodocus, Dippy, will go on tour from early 2018.

The Museum will run an open call to indoor venues in the UK to host the Diplodocus and its ambition is for Dippy to visit every region of the country.


See The Telegraph for more information.

Earth Day 2015

The Earth Day 2015 website is featuring this great video:

The Untouched – A Time-lapse Film from Shreenivasan Manievannan on Vimeo.

Touching the Earth Lightly – The Lighthouse

Sculpt the Future Foundation beneficiary, Stephen Lamb, from Touching the Earth Lightly sends the following video providing insight into his design philosophy:

Design-Build Research Studio – The Lighthouse from Epitome on Vimeo.

The Great Barrier Reef 2050 long-term plan

New report states:

“Actions under the Reef 2050 plan will ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to be among the world’s best managed and protected World Heritage areas.”

Click here to learn more.




Surfrider Europe – 20th Annual Ocean Initiative Programme

Sculpt the Future Foundation beneficiary, Surfrider Europe, launches a hard-hitting campaign for the 20th Anniversary of its Ocean Initiatives Programme:

Show the Love

Shakespeare’s words have been given a new meaning in a short film created by Ridley Scott Associates, launched yesterday as part of the Climate Coalition’s new campaign ‘Show the Love’.  The video features some of the UK’s biggest stars quoting Shakespeare to show their love for all things Earthly.

Amongst others, the video features David Harewood, Emilia Fox, Meera Syal and Stephen Fry in a short film for the Climate Coalition’s new campaign ‘Show the Love’ – show the planet some love and turn Valentine’s Day green.

Visit the site for further information.


Living on One Dollar launched on Netflix

StFF beneficiary – Living on One – produced an inspirational film: Living on One Dollar, which launched on Netflix on 1 January 2015 in the US and Canada.