Firstly, may I wish you all a very happy New Year.
We are all hoping for good things in 2018 and I am sure you will have made a variety of ‘new start – better me’ type resolutions for the New Year. I have noticed that a lot of people have been keen to make some sort of positive difference to the world, even if it is on a domestic scale. One of the most common is about the use of plastics in our daily life: many people feel that we need to be more thoughtful about it and are looking at ways to cut down. However, one heroic member of our team has already made a start in a big way – raising awareness of the threat to our oceans from plastics with an amazing cross channel swim!
Mark Johansen, seen here on the far right of the picture, has been with Prickett & Ellis for a good number of years and has swum the Channel before in a solo trip, in support of charity. This time he joined a relay team of regular sea swimmers from The Serpentine Swimming Club to set a new world winter record of 13 hours 18 minutes! Everyone involved wanted to highlight the problem of plastic pollution to the marine environment. He thinks that the swim reflected the qualities we need to clean up our seas; determination, speed and teamwork.
Everyone involved in this record-breaking achievement is passionate about this issue: ‘Already in the English Channel, 1 in 3 fish have plastic in them and by 2050 it’s predicted that the weight of plastic will be greater than the weight of fish’. You would have to be I think – judging from the photos.