University to host noted polar explorer and global warming expert Will Steger

February 25, 2009

Will Steger
Will Steger

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University will host world renowned polar explorer and global warming expert Will Steger in various educational venues on March 4 and 5 at our campus in Rindge, N.H.

Steger will deliver a public lecture on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Pierce Hall at Franklin Pierce University. The public is invited and admission is free. Famous for his adventurous expeditions, Steger also provides vivid eyewitness accounts of global warming evidence in the Arctic and Antarctic.

For over 20 years, Steger has been the first documented explorer of many of the remote polar regions of the world. In 1986, he led the first dogsled expedition to the North Pole. In 1989 and 1990, he led another first and historic 3,741 mile dogsled traverse of Antarctica, the first traverse of the Arctic Ocean in 1995, the 2,041-mile Educational Exploration of Nunavut in 2004 and the 1,200-mile 2007 Baffin Island Expedition with three Inuit hunters to study the effects of global warming on the Inuit culture.

In 2008, the Will Steger Foundation (WSF) launched another educational expedition to the Canadian Arctic with six twenty-something adventurers from four countries to inspire their generation to engage in global warming solutions. The team then traveled across Greenland that same summer to document the rising thaw levels from global warming where they sent multi-media dispatches and educational content back to U.S. classrooms via the Will Steger Foundation's web site,

Steger is the author of four books, "North to the Pole" (1987), "Saving the Earth" (1990), "Crossing Antarctica" (1992) and "Over the Top of the World" (1996). He founded the Center for Environmental Education at Hamline University in 1991, The World School for Adventure Learning at the University of St. Thomas in 1992 and the Will Steger Foundation in 2006 which is dedicated to creating programs that foster international cooperation and leadership through environmental education and policy and is a leading organization in the fight to end global climate change.

As part of these efforts, Steger will lecture and hold roundtable discussions with students in Franklin Pierce's Natural Science classes. "Global warming is going to dominate the future lives of our young people, and we have a responsibility to prepare them for this by teaching them what it is and where the solutions lie," said Steger. He takes this responsibility seriously.

Franklin Pierce University welcomes media representatives from print, Web, radio and TV to cover this event. Interviews will be available before and after the presentation by prior arrangement.