Explorer Will Steger Leads Youth on Arctic Expedition
to Examine Global Warming Impact
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- 03/18/08 -- Today famed polar
explorer Will Steger announced he is departing
on an international expedition to document the
impact of global warming in the Arctic region.
Steger will be joined by a team of six young explorers
-- from Norway, Great Britain, Canada and the
United States -- on a 60-day, 1,400-mile dogsled
expedition across Ellesmere Island, which is the
northernmost part of the North American continent.
expedition team will depart on March 28 and is
currently making final preparations on Baffin
Island. The team will follow in the footsteps
of Arctic explorers who traversed the region in
the early 1900s and use their historical routes,
journals and archived photos to document the disintegrating
ice shelves, retreating glaciers and destruction
of wildlife habitat.
and his team members seek to inspire international
cooperation in environmental stewardship, mobilize
Generation Y to produce global warming solutions
and educate youth by providing an eyewitness account
of their experiences through videos, podcasts,
photos, blog entries and lesson plans at www.globalwarming101.com.
the 2007 recipient of two prestigious awards from
National Geographic and The Explorers Club, selected
the team members, ages 21-28, for their accomplishments
in exploration: two National Geographic grantees;
two kite-skiing international record holders;
the 2007 Iditarod "Rookie of the Year";
a polar historian; and Sam Branson, the son of
Virgin Group's Richard Branson who joined Steger
on his 2007 expedition to Baffin Island.
team is composed of some of the brightest young
explorers in the world," Steger said. "They
continue to inspire my efforts to solve global
warming and will serve as excellent role models
for future generations."
Ellesmere Island Expedition team -- profiled on
-- is available for interviews until they depart
on March 28.
Ellesmere Island Expedition is produced by the
Will Steger Foundation through partnerships with
Fagen, Inc., the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the
National Geographic Society, SuperValu, the Renewable
Fuels Foundation, the Chippewa Valley Ethanol
Company and Piper Jaffray.
more information about the expedition or to schedule
an interview with one of the team members, please
contact Meghan Krause at 612.333.4595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Will Steger Foundation and Global Warming
in January 2006 by renowned polar explorer Will
Steger, the Will Steger Foundation promotes change
through education and advocacy. Global Warming
101 is the first initiative of the Will Steger
Foundation and raises broad public awareness about
global warming as witnessed through Will Steger's
polar expeditions. Global Warming 101 expeditions
offer a unique view of people and places at the
tipping point of climate change, while www.globalwarming101.com
serves as an international platform for furthering
education, discussion and activism, and sharing
the experiences and updates from each expedition.
the Ellesmere Island Expedition
March, Steger will lead six young explorers from
four different countries -- Norway, Great Britain,
Canada and the United States -- to document the
impact of and inspire solutions to global warming.
The team includes two National Geographic grantees,
two kite-skiing international record holders,
the 2007 Iditarod "Rookie of the Year,"
a polar historian; and Sam Branson, who is the
son of Virgin Group's Richard Branson and joined
Steger on his 2007 expedition to Baffin Island.
People from around the world will be able to track
the Ellesmere Island Expedition team on www.globalwarming101.com,
which will include profiles, videos, images, podcasts
and blog entries from team members.
ADVISORY: Legendary Polar Explorer and International
Team of Young Adventurers Present Rare Firsthand
Account of Global Warming
– April 9, 2008 – Famed polar explorer
Will Steger and a team of 20-something adventurers
from across the globe – Norway, Great Britain,
Canada and the United States – are in the
midst of documenting the impact of global warming
in the Arctic. On Friday, April 18, the team will
be reporting from Ellesmere Island – the
northernmost part of the North American continent
– to offer a unique perspective about the
visible impacts of climate change.
the first person to make a dogsled trip to the
North Pole without resupply, has traveled to ice
caps that no longer exist and is now passing the
torch to the next generation of leaders to raise
awareness of the effects of global warming in
the polar regions. With the recent collapse of
Manhattan-sized ice in Antarctica and the U.N.
Environment Program’s declaration that glaciers
are shrinking at record rates, the team’s
1,400-mile, 60-day-long dogsled expedition across
Ellesmere Island is particularly salient for Earth
Day media coverage.
Will Steger, legendary polar explorer and environmentalist
Sam Branson, adventurer, author and son of Virgin
Group’s Richard Branson
Toby Thorleiffson, Norwegian, writer, lecturer,
mountain guide and polar historian Sigrid Ekran,
Norwegian, 2007 Iditarod “Rookie of the
Year” and conservation biologist
Sarah McNair-Landry, international record-holder
in kite-skiing and filmmaker
Eric McNair-Landry, international record-holder
in kite-skiing and sea kayaking guide
Arctic expedition team offers firsthand account
of the disintegrating Ayles Ice Shelf and the
refashioned Arctic geography from the front lines
of global warming
Morning of Friday, April 18 (interview times need
to be scheduled)
The Arctic’s Ellesmere Island (the northernmost
part of the North American continent)
International, multi-generational collaboration
to share their eyewitness account and inspire
global warming solutions
more information about the Ellesmere Island Expedition
or to track the team’s progress, please
which includes profiles, videos, images, podcasts
and blog entries from team members.
and the environment
News search results for Ellesmere Island
Island is part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region of the
Canadian territory of
Nunavut. Lying within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
it is considered part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands,
with Cape Columbia being the most northerly point
of land in Canada. It comprises an area of 196,235
square kilometres (75,767 sq mi), making it the
world's tenth largest island and Canada's third
largest island. The Arctic Cordillera covers much
of Ellesmere Island, making it the most mountainous
in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The Arctic
Willow is the only woody species to grow on Ellesmere