The story of Project Planet Earth
Project Planet Earth began with Oly Rush…and a trip to a deserted cove. It was 2018. Oly was working as a plasterer by day and renovating his home in the evenings. He was stressed, exhausted and at the point of burn-out. He took a day off to go surfing, and although he didn’t find any surf, he did find a new purpose in life – fighting plastic pollution.
Five years later, Oly has organised countless beach cleans, visited schools and done extreme swims to raise funds and awareness. His endless positivity and enthusiasm have inspired a team of people and organisations to support him.
“Looking back today, that day for me, was the turning point, it was the point in my life when I realised the true extent of the damage we were causing to the planet, by living the ‘normal’ lives we live. Also the damage I was causing to myself, living at 100 miles an hour.”
The story begins with Oly’s first beach clean
Oly swims the entire length of the Jurassic Coast
Fastest non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight
First ever non-stop swim around Grand Cayman
Oly will attempt to swim non-stop around Ithaca