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Will Steger to speak on effects of global warming

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Explorer and educator, Will Steger

Explorer and educator Will Steger presents April 29 in Atwood Memorial Center.

 ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Polar explorer Will Steger will present an interactive account of changes caused by global warming pollutants he's witnessed over four decades.

"Eyewitness to Global Warming" is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Atwood Memorial Center. The event is free and open to all. 

Steger's message is one of hope and empowerment, stressing the role humans play in global warming, but also outlining economic and environmental solutions.

He will share photographs from his expeditions, along with data and satellite imagery documenting deterioration in the polar ice caps. 

Steger is a recognized authority on environmental issues pertaining to the polar regions and an eyewitness to the effects of global warming. He has spent more than 45 years traveling the Arctic, advocating on behalf of the Earth’s preservation while advising about permanent solutions to climate change.

He holds a bachelor of science in geology, a master’s degree in education and several honorary doctorates, including the University of St. Thomas, Westminster College, Northland College and Franklin Pierce University.

With his ability to blend extreme exploration and cutting-edge technology, Steger pioneered online education during his 1995 expedition – reaching more than 20 million students via online daily journals and delivering the first-ever transmission of digital photography from the North Pole.

As an educator, Steger taught science for three years at the secondary level. He founded a winter school and developed an innovative wilderness program in Ely, Minn.

Steger also established the Global Center for Environmental Education at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., and the World School for Adventure Learning at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.  He has been invited to testify before the United States Congress and has advised world leaders on the environmental protection of Antarctica.

In 2006, Steger established the Will Steger Foundation to promote change through education and advocacy, and to foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education and policy. The Foundation’s Global Warming 101 initiative engages and empowers individuals and policy makers to translate their climate concern into action. For more information, visit www.willstegerfoundation.org.

This event has been made possible through collaboration between St. Cloud State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University, Saint John's Preparatory School and St. Cloud State’s Outdoor Endeavors. 

For more information on the event, call CETL at 320-308-5282.

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