Lewis Pugh calls himself an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer. To call attention to climate change, he’s swimming in the most challenging waters on earth, such as in the Antarctic, Arctic and the Himalayas. On his website, he states, “I am doing it to carry a message about the health of our oceans. We […]

This story has already made it around America but is worth repeating. It’s about willpower, accomplishment, and victory over hardship. Bad things happen, but in many cases they can be overcome. Mandy Harvey is an inspiration.

French born Simone Veil, née Jacob, a woman full of courage, rebelliousness, resilience and dignity, a fighter and strategist of reconciliation, died on 30 June 2017 at the age of 89. She fought for peace and remembrance, despite being arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 in Nice, France and taken with her family to the […]

Those of you who know a bit about sailing will appreciate how difficult the Vendée Globe yacht race is. It’s a non-stop race around the world, sailed solo, without assistance, and it takes place every four years. This year’s race began on Sunday 6 November. Over the years, 138 sailors have taken part in the seven […]

Why is it that most high schools don’t teach financial literacy? Most young people who go to school take classes in math or economics, but many don’t know the first thing about how money works in the world, how to earn or make money, or how to manage it. Having recognized this shortcoming, one foundation is promoting financial […]

Mark Pollock is blind and paralysed and testing robotic legs as part of his mission to find a cure for paralysis. He is using his personal experience of a devastating spinal cord injury to spur change around the world. What is Mark’s story? At the age of 22 he became blind. Yet this did not deter him from competing in endurance […]

Few have heard of Dr Jack Preger. That’s probably because he is an inconspicuous, modest person. Yet since leaving farming to become a medical doctor relatively late in life, at the age of 42, he has offered medical treatment free of charge to hundreds of thousands of poor people in Kolkata, India. It all started […]

The farmer and environmentalist Pierre Rabhi promotes agroecology: “sustainable and productive farming practices that empower the most disadvantaged rural communities to achieve food self-sufficiency and economic self-reliance.” According to agroecology.org, this branch of science is: “The application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. A whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development […]

Mina Guli is the first person to have run 40 marathons (1,688 km or 1,048 miles) across 7 deserts on 7 continents in 7 weeks.  Mina is an Australian businesswoman, active in the environmental sector. She is CEO of Thirst, which she describes as follows: “Thirst is harnessing social media and technology to inform and inspire 14-24 […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day – Women who changed the world