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Polar explorer and environmentalist to speak at Olivet College
Jan 30, 2009

Will Steger, polar explorer and environmentalist, will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the colleges Mott Auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Steger is a recognized authority for the polar regions, including their environmental issues, and is an eyewitness to the effects of global warming. He led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without resupply, a 1,600-mile traverse of Greenland, the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica and the first dogsled traverse of the Arctic Ocean in one season from Russia to Ellesmere Island in Canada.

Steger has been invited to testify before the United States Congress and has advised world leaders in the environmental protection of Antarctica. In 2006, he established the Will Steger Foundation to promote change through education and advocacy, and to foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education policy. The foundations Global Warming 101 initiative engages and empowers individuals and policy makers to translate their climate concern into action.

He joins Amelia Earhart and others in receiving the National Geographic Societys prestigious John Oliver La Gorce Medal and is the societys first Explorer-in-Residence. Steger also joined the ranks of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Neil Armstrong in receiving the Lindbergh Award.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.


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