Posted on 20/07/2012
BSc Biology & Geography, 1990 RHBNC and Honorary Fellow
Jason Lewis is an award-winning author, explorer and sustainability campaigner credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power.He is also the first person to cross North America on inline skates (1996), and the first to cross the Pacific Ocean by pedal power (2000). Together with Stevie Smith, Lewis completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to North America by human power (1995). He crossed oceans in a pedal boat and traversed land by cycling or skating. He set off in 1994 from the Greenwich Meridian and after travelling 4,833 days and 46,505 miles across five continents, two oceans and two seas he re-crossed the meridian line completing the project. In that time he visited 863 schools in a variety of environmental and cultural exchange programmes in conjunction with UNESCOs Associated Schools Programme Network, and raised $83,000 for small-scale charitable causes. Lewis regularly delivers inspirational speeches about global sustainability, and appears for book signings and readings to promote The Expedition trilogy. He also frequently writes for magazines and travel books. Lewis is vegan and a strong animal rights supporter, known for saying he "won't eat anything that has a face."